1) Consider including the additional question, “What exactly do you use the [specify the animal] for?” For example, chickens can be reared for meat, eggs or for both purposes. Alternatively, be sufficiently specific in the original question (for example, ask “Do you raise any chickens for meat?”).
2) Consider differentiating between animals depending on their age and gender - for example, chicks (1-45 days), adult chickens and cocks.
3) Keep in mind that households sometimes take care of animals which are owned by other people. This practice is common for more expensive animals, such as cows. If you need to know whether the person actually owns the animal, also ask “Who is the owner of [specify the animal]?”
4) If you are also interested in how many animals of the given species are raised, use the Reported Agricultural Output indicator.