Over the last several years, society has seen a dramatic shift in how people view their food, and in turn, farm animals.
This movement has hatched a new fad of backyard poultry farming. According to American Veterinarian, poultry hatcheries as well as feed and pet stores have reported a steady increase in sales.
The United States Departments of of Agriculture conducted a study in 2013 showing that nearly 1% of homes in the cities of Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City owned chickens. The same study found that nearly 4% of households in the same cities planned to have chickens in the next 4 years. If this prediction came true, those statistics should be accurate today.
And in certain urban areas, such as the Silicon Valley, raising chickens has become a status symbol.
But the problem with chickens as pets is that they poop a lot.
So, like anything, when there is a demand someone will meet it.
Thus, the invention of the chicken diaper.
There are now numerous companies who design and produce luxury chicken diapers that meet consumer’s practical and social media needs.
Companies include Feather Wear by Avian Fashions,
The internet cannot deal (but also secretly wants one in every color for their future chickens).
I don't know why we're talking about anything else, really.
— Queer Eye for the Animorphs Reboot (@JacksonEflin) August 3, 2018
I guess it's not *inherently* weirder than owning a small mammal whose poo you pick up in plastic bags, but…
— Megan Darby (@climatemegan) August 4, 2018
If you can avoid reading a story with the headline “The Booming Business of Chicken Diapers,” you're a lot stronger than I am.
— Josh Awtry (@jawtry) August 2, 2018
TIL there is such a thing as chicken diapers. https://t.co/wNseuFds4t
— Tiffani Ashley Bell (@tiffani) August 4, 2018
The booming business of luxury chicken diapers.
— AJ (@tinmonkeysfly) August 2, 2018
If this isn’t a sign of Rome burning I don’t know what is.
— urbanhorsedoc (@urbanhorsedoc) August 3, 2018
OK, then. Among the many things that make me feel very out of step. Chicken diapers are a booming industry. https://t.co/p3PSo4RIlx
— Valerie (@flitterbgibbet) August 2, 2018
Today in Weird Shit My Overly Broad News Alerts Picked Up: “The Booming Business of Luxury Chicken Diapers”
— Sarah Ganton (@sarah_ganton) August 2, 2018
*does double take* *does triple take* *orders diapers for pet chicken* https://t.co/PJlScqUhkm
— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) August 2, 2018
So for those of you who have been wanting a pet chicken but didn’t want to deal with the mess, enjoy this egg-cellent news!
H/T: The Outline