The Latest Side-Hustle for the Wealthy

Quick question: which of the following is the latest status symbol?

  1. Vintage wines
  2. Diamonds
  3. Raising chickens

If you had the intuition to guess the most unlikely answer, then you’d be correct! Yes, raising chickens is apparently what separates the best from the rest. The Washington Post reports that egg-laying chickens “are now a trendy, eco-conscious humblebrag on par with driving a Tesla.” But regular $15 chickens don’t count. Silicon Valley’s trendiest seek out heritage breeds of chickens that can cost upwards of $350. According to the American Poultry Association(APA), heritage chickens must have a lineage that can be traced prior to the mid-20th century. There are a few additional qualifications for what constitutes a heritage chicken, but the gist is that they are a little more high maintenance and a lot more expensive than the chicken in your nuggets.

If you were wondering how expensive this gig could get, The Washington Post reports that some Silicon Valley elites spend $20,000 for the coops, and even feed their chickens such delicacies as organic salmon, watermelon, and steakThese coops, by the way, can be fully equipped with solar panels, automatic doors, and video cameras, among other amenities. So, the next time you want to wow your guests, maybe consider showing off a set of colorful, homebred eggs.

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