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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/03/02/feature/the-silicon-valley-elites-latest-status-symbol-chickens/?utm_term=.908fd56eb422

The Silicon Valley elite’s latest status symbol: Chickens

Their pampered birds wear diapers and have personal chefs — but lay the finest eggs tech money can buy
 
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I doubt those eggs are that much better than the grocery store variety nutrition wise, they aren't doing things that much differently than the mass production model.
 
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so what. At least they employ some people. Proabably my eggs are better. Maybe it leads to something they have more power and these new owners want roosters soon. So they will put pressure on the council that they can have roosters which in turn will allow other people in more urban areas have roosters. I know the whole article sounds crazy to a normal down-to-earth-found-on-the tip breeder.
 
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I think it definitely should be embraced as a first step. Maybe somewhere in the sub-1 level on the Wheaton Eco-scale. But a point of departure, at least.

I think anyone whose only reaction is derisive dismissal would do well to have a look at the People Care part of the Ethics. I don't really have to pull them out much, because I find I have something of an intuitive feel for them, like a warning from a little cricket in a tophat and tails that sings in a high, tinny tenor and pokes me with his cane in the eardrum.

What do we think the People Care part of Ethics would say about looking down in elitist derision at someone who is trying to do a little better, but not coming as far and as fast as we, in all our wisdom, think they should?

I think that the step to keeping a chicken as an egg-laying household pet is great. What do you figure are the odds that these new chicken keepers will discover that their new pet will eat scraps from their humans' table? What do you figure the odds are that their household compost or garbage contribution levels will decrease in volume and smell in short order?

And while I doubt we will see roosters in urban centres any time soon, what do you figure the odds are that this shift in social acceptability will have far-reaching consequences outside of Silicon Valley?

In terms of egg quality, I think that almost everything is subject to that old computer programming saying, "Garbage in, garbage out." I think that it would be very difficult to provide as complete a dietary and living regimen as a chicken could get living on a pasture designed specifically for chickens in a large chicken tractor, but in a condo environment, so of course, both the chicken health and the nutritional value of the eggs probably wouldn't be as good, but if these pets are being fed scraps from organic produce (which could be better, but is still better than purina), their health and the quality of their eggs will be better than cageless layers raised on commercial feed in an open barn structure, and far better than the caged factory-farmed birds.

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I think the best part of the article was the comment from the lady who asked if people in Kansas get ridiculed about raising fainting goats as much as they're catching grief over their chickens. 

It strikes me that anyone doing Heritage birds within a reasonable drive from Silicon Valley has one heck of a revenue opportunity... $350 per bird?  Even if they're @ POL. 

My other thought is that the article talks about the couple who now takes a 6-pack of eggs instead of a nice bottle of wine to dinner parties because it's a status symbol... if that's the case, I'M ABSOLUTELY REGAL!!!  :lol
 
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