WITH ALL DUE RE­SPECT...

Your Chickens - - Before the Backyard -

Whether fight­ing or peck­ing seeds, chick­ens were revered and held in high es­teem by their own­ers in an­cient times. For­tunes could be made and lives could be lost all be­cause of a chicken, so it is lit­tle won­der that their early do­mes­ti­cated life was a re­spected one and, in many cases, a sa­cred one; an ex­is­tence far re­moved from their fac­tory farmed fu­ture.

Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal records and his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments would in­di­cate that chick­ens were first do­mes­ti­cated not as we would ex­pect, for culi­nary pur­poses, but for com­pletely dif­fer­ent rea­sons. Chick­ens

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