Quote from Sarudak
I think his point about the chickens is valid though. With the recent hardcore chicken changes chickens have lost much of their appeal as an early game food source. Seeds are hard to come by and collecting the eggs manually is a massive pain. To the point where I don't really even farm chickens until I can fully automate it. I think the bigger issue here might be the fact that cows and pigs are so easy to farm. At least in comparison. I'm not sure exactly where the solution lies but I tend toward making it harder to farm other animals somehow. This would keep the emphasis on automation. Make meat more of a luxury food source that you would only eat regularly if you're established (which is fitting since it's the best food in the game). And would provide additional challenge rather than taking away the challenge that FC worked so hard to provide with hardcore chickens in the first place. That said I'm sure FC has already though of this but he has limited time and has to prioritize.
I made a quick trough style chicken farm and use the extra seeds from wheat to feed them manually. I find that's one nighttime activity now in my early game. Fried eggs are my early food, at least while I'm building up the cow pop. On my new game I found a bunch of chickens early,