Watching BYH hens is soothing and relaxing, similar to watching fish in an aquarium. Just as therapy dogs, cats, rabbits, and horses exist, so do therapy chickens (Foreman, 2010). Typically, this is not the major motivating factor in keeping BYH, although many keepers soon boast about the stress-relieving benefits they experience from keeping hens. BYH make great pets for those with allergies to cats and dogs, as they are hypoallergenic.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention (2012) state that owning a pet can help decrease:
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol levels
- Triglyceride levels
- Feelings of loneliness
- Opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
- Opportunities for socialization
These CDC findings are echoed by Wells (2009, in Pollock, et. al., 2012).