A vital contribution to science or an absurd waste of money? Reaction remains sharply divided to news that universities have been awarded £2 million of public money - to study the relationship between humans and chickens.
The research will be headed by Bournemouth University who've described it as "a fantastic opportunity". But the Taxpayers Alliance say it's a crazy amount to spend "on what appears to be a ridiculous study".
Our correspondent Martin Dowse has been looking at both sides of the argument. He speaks to Jonathan Holyhead of the Dorset Blind Association and smallholder Jan Vivian.
Police are appealing for information after 20 chickens were stolen from an allotment in Curdridge, Hampshire.
The raid took place some time between last Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at Recreation Allotments, Botley Road, Curdridge.
Thieves forced their way into a chicken coop making off with two Buff Orpington hens, one Buff Orpington cockerel, 12 Columbian Black-tails and five Warrens.
PC Jonathan Earnshaw said: "I am appealing for anyone with any information about this incident to come forward.
"Did you see or hear anything suspicous in the area at the time of the incident? Have you been offered any chickens for sale or do you know anyone who has recently acquired some chickens that match the descriptions?"
Anyone with any information is asked to call Bishops Waltham police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11.