Why have chickens touched our hearts so deeply? I know people who are revolted by them and think they're stupid. I have a neighbor who only has them because she hatches them in her classroom. She brings them home but doesn't care about them. During an ice storm she wouldn't go outside and change their water because she didn't want to go outside. So they had no water, virtually no shelter, and most froze to death. I asked her why and she said they can fin for themselves.