Yes, yes and yes! to what you have written here:
Off topic, but related - you'll hear about how hard it is to live out on land, to run a small farm/ranch, etc. However, this is true in part because these people rely on money to provide almost everything. They are consumers in a different location and life style that's all. They run open loops and waste much. If we keep-chickens to sustain us, sustain our land and close loops, I believe eventually this goal will lead us to see that the more naturally they are kept/raised the happier and healthier they are, which in turn brings us direct and indirect happiness and health. There are many loops to close, and personally caring for animals can bring much peace and emotional health to the person enjoying/caring for them.......
I am (very temporarily) renting a little country spot in the mountains of NC, my first non-urban endeavor, and have been amazed and somewhat amused at how often I hear of how hard all this is. In all instances, I see inefficient methods and people going "too fast" and creating more work than there needs to be. It does appear that some back to land folks have just transplanted all their city/suburban troubles into a more rural setting: working too hard and fast, not noticing the subtle opportunities to take more care and slow it all down.
And, in a perfect example of the categorical imperative, it is fun to see how much healthier and happier I am when I take the time and thought to care for the animals better.
Thanks again and please be well...jennifer