Recently my mother and her family moved out from their suburban neighborhood to a place out in the country where there was plenty of land and everyone of their neighbors seemed to own at least one farm animal. So she decided to get chickens. They have six and as you can see, they are not just chickens. They are pets. My mother and now Birdie pets them and picks them up and looks at them with love. At first I thought "chickens, really?" But then I saw them and heard their little cluck and my heart melted only slightly.