My chickens are sort of wild and untamed. I am an affectionate person, but I don’t cuddle them, or handle them outside of necessity, and I certainly don’t plan on knitting them sweaters. They actually seem pretty happy with this arrangement so I don’t feel too bad. Our chickens have great accommodations, the finest food, snacks and entertainment and in return we get some eggs. It’s a win, win situation really. I tried to be more hands on in the beginning, but they really didn’t like it so I didn’t push it. With all the amazing chicken commentary out there in cyber world, chicken keeping has become pretty trendy these days. I can’t help but wonder sometimes if I am alone in my seemingly old fashioned methods. Am I doing it all wrong? Or just differently?
Am I the only person who keeps chickens and has not bonded with them to that almost “pet” level of affection?
Am I the only person who chooses not to intervene with lotions and ointments for scrapes and cuts and that teeny bit of frostbite the rooster currently has? I have thought about it but catching the rooster will cause a LOT of stress to the flock and to me. It won’t be pretty.
Is it so bad that I let them sort out their own little squabbles, and leave them to do what they want to do for the most part? They seem to have everything all worked out.
I worry about exposure to germs and disease that come with having chickens. I keep their quarters clean, and scrub my hands, and keep my face covered when cleaning. Having a chicken in my house just isn’t something that I want for this reason alone. When did it become a good idea to bring chickens into the house?
Is anyone else out there like me, a most of the time (except for emergencies) hands off chicken keeper? Is it going well for you? or do you think I am out to lunch on this?