Chickens may be the third most common pet in many countries; however, little is known about their welfare or the human–chicken relationship. Hence, using 2,000+ questionnaire responses, this study collected the most comprehensive and holistic dataset to date on guardians’ care-taking practices, their attitudes towards chickens, the human–chicken relationship, and challenges regarding chicken welfare.



Mace JL and Knight A (2024). From the backyard to our beds: the spectrum of care, attitudes, relationship types, and welfare in non-commercial chicken care. Animals 14(2), 288.