My Therapy Chickens

| 11/12/2015 9:56:00 AM

Tags: chickens, coop dreams, coops for troops, therapy chickens, North Texas, Faithful Homesteader,

Faithful HomesteaderI recently learned about a program called Coops for Troops from the Coop Dreams Facebook page. I like this idea and I really hope it is successful. According to the Coop Dreams Facebook page, “Coops for Troops will provide chickens, a coop, a starter pack of feed and supplies to returning veterans, the families of deployed military personnel, military schools, and VA hospitals and retirement homes.”

The page adds, “We know they can make a difference for those who feel isolated, depressed, anxious and alone.” I am a veteran and I struggle with feeling all of those things. I don’t necessarily say that I suffer from those things because I am a veteran, but I certainly empathize with my fellow veterans who struggle in those ways. I find myself thinking about my own therapy chickens.

Our little Buster

I am so thankful for my chickens. They really do provide me with great therapy. They make me smile and they give my life purpose. Now it is hard to imagine living without them. Before chickens, I spent most of my time indoors in front of the TV and/or computer, but now I spend time outdoors with my girls. The time with them is quality time for sure. I know that is good for my physical and mental health.

Our diva Keypone

I don’t have any human children, but the chickens bring out my maternal side. They are constantly on my mind and a frequent topic of conversation. People always ask me about my girls. I am proud of them when they regularly lay their eggs. Even though I don’t prefer a broody chick, I still think they are precious when their mothering instinct kicks in. I have bantam chickens and they are such cute little things. I really just enjoy watching them. They each have their own personality.

11/16/2017 7:16:31 PM

Thanks for sharing. We don't eat our chickens either. I never knew there was so much to chickens. Have a great day.

11/16/2017 2:36:08 PM

Good to hear from you. Chickens do have a lot to offer. I don't eat my chickens either. Have a great day.

11/11/2017 8:18:35 AM

Faithful homesteader, I never had much love for chickens except for Sunday dinners when growing up. I think it stems from being the one to clean out the chicken house in blazing hot July weather after the chickens were processed into the freezer. It's a wonder I survived breathing all that confined ammonia smell. I just finished listening to a podcast by the Dervaes family in California on their Urban homestead website. It changed my thinking about the life of a chicken. The Dervaes are vegetarians and don't eat them. Any chicken they have will die of old age in the arms of Jordanne. They have some sad and funny chicken stories. I didn't know that fowls (chickens and ducks) are so social. Even to the point of dying for no reason other than a broken heart when a life long fowl friend passes. There's a little more to chicken and ducks than at first glance. But of course, I suspect you already knew that. ***** Have a great day with your girls. ***** Nebraska Dave

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