This is just sick:
While thousands of dogs and cats are being given up by pet owners across the U.S. as times become harder, chickens are gaining popularity as household pets in some U.S. cities.
The rising popularity of the feathered creature is due to the chicken's ability to provide eggs, pest control, fertilizer and eventually meat. To address zoning regulations, homeowners are working to amend local laws in areas like Fort Collins, CO, Bloomington, IN and Brainerd, MN.
They're not pets, OK? What kind of mindset is that? If you keep critters around just for their utility, but think of them as "animal companions" or something right up until the time you kill and eat them, you have one warped mind.