I read posts here all the time. Many folks are new to chickens but many are people who have had chickens for years. I got chicken fever last year and took a day off work (which I hate to do even when I am really sick) to go get the chicks. The Delightful Dozen have been just that. So I am wondering, what do your chickens mean to you? For me my chickens mean a connection to the past and future. When talk is about sustainability, chickens are right up there. They reproduce when kept in an appropriate ratio. They eat what I don't want/need. They give me food everyday....in fact today they provided a quick and simpe dinner - Huevos Rancheros! My chickens provide entertainment and speculation. When we walk to the front gate in the morning, the hens come running from all over the yard. We can actually hear their feet pounding behind us. When we come out into "their" yard with something in our hands it is " all hands on deck" and again, we hear them before we see them. We suggest that that must have been what dinosaurs acted like in the way back when. Connections and good basic food - that is what my chickens mean to me. How about you?