So on our Baltimore foodmakers discussion board, there was a conversation between several people who own city chickens. Some love their birds as pets, and have adopted them from shelters and feed the eggs to their dogs for feed supplements or to friends. Others view their birds as livestock and have no problem butchering a bird once it is finished laying, rather than feeding it as a pet.
Our local news channel WBAL just aired a news segment last night about the growing popularity of chickens in Baltimore, so the discussion seemed particularly apt. As more and more people start raising animals, we are forced to confront the idea of where meat really comes from.
So I was curious to hear from all of you non-Baltimore homegrowners, where do you fall on the issue?
How do you decide the balance between chickens (or other livestock) as pets or as food?
This post has been adapted from the original post at www.baltimorediy.org. Click on the link if you're interested in the link to the WBAL news story, reading the original quotes from the Foodmakers discussion, or the exotic pet regulations in Baltimore City. I didn't re-post here because of too much cutting and pasting!