Featured Official BYC Poll: Why Do You Have Chickens - Select All That Apply

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Nifty-Chicken, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. Pets

    1,698 vote(s)
    71.5%
  2. Eggs

    2,211 vote(s)
    93.1%
  3. Meat

    628 vote(s)
    26.4%
  4. Fertilizer

    907 vote(s)
    38.2%
  5. Bug Control

    1,003 vote(s)
    42.2%
  6. More interesting and/or easy than other animals

    628 vote(s)
    26.4%
  7. Other (please specify in reply comments)

    255 vote(s)
    10.7%
  8. Showing & Exhibition

    216 vote(s)
    9.1%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    I was speaking with a reporter today and he asked why people raise chickens. I'm hoping with this poll that we can get an idea of the % of people that raise chickens for different purposes.

    Please select all that apply!

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013
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  2. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    You should add showing/exhibition
     
  3. eastbaychicks

    eastbaychicks Songster

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    Aug 19, 2009
    Livermore
    I love to cook and it's the secret ingredient in my creme brulee, eggs benedict and other egg dishes.

    Also because I love to be in my backyard to relax. It's just one more thing to 'do' while I'm out there.
     
  4. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    I raise them for pets, eggs, bug control, etc but also for 4-H for my kids. So that was my "other" vote. I guess it would fall under the "showing/exhibition" category also.
     
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  5. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    My other was 4H showing also [​IMG]
     
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  6. anngili

    anngili Songster

    I also got the chickens for my dog as well. She's a Border Collie trained to herd sheep but she's gotten too old (eyes, ears, and back all degenerating) for safely herding sheep, so... . Also, I can blame some of it on my Dad and stepmother, who have had backyard chickens for a while.
    The dog and I are both quite happy to watch the chickens for quite a while. However, I always have to go work on something; my dog thinks watching the chickens is her work and she loves every minute of it! She LOVES her chickens!![​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2009
  7. HippieChickens

    HippieChickens Songster

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    Jun 12, 2009
    They're beautiful and interesting birds.
     
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  8. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

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    Jan 20, 2008
    Therapy. For the short time I went without chickens my anxiety was worse than it ever was. They give me something to care for, something to hold with nice soft feathers to hide my face in when I can't look at the world, and something to watch which is so much more relaxing than anything else I can think of. I suppose most people have dogs and cats for that purpose, and I do have dogs, but in my case it's the birds that help me the most. That's in addition to the other things I marked on the poll, but for me the therapy is the biggest thing.
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2009
  9. chick4chix

    chick4chix Songster

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    Jun 4, 2009
    So Cal
    I love to cook...I love to garden...I love colorful birds...
    Chickens are the perfect pet- they are beautiful to look at, relaxing and funny to watch, fun to feed and observe their antics. They add bountiful fertilizer to the garden, they add delicious eggs to the table, they are living garden art, they eat our kitchen scraps. What's not to love? OH- and they don't go on barking or meowing escapades at 2 in the morning.
     

  10. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Darn, I totally forgot showing/exhibition!! I knew I was forgetting a big one!

    It has been added. I'll mentally allocate a few of the "others" to that category.
     

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