By giving your backyard chickens their time and attention, kids can form strong bonds with these birds and learn a lot from their experiences with the flock.
Author of A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens, Melissa Caughey shares her knowledge about easy and entertaining steps you can take to make your children and chickens comfortable around one another.
Like kids, chickens can be clever, curious, sweet, and silly. And kids can benefit from these pets by getting to know them early. Chicks can be handled often; teach your kids to watch and observe them, to pet them, hold them in their laps, and encourage the birds to eat out of the palm of their hands. The chicks may be shy at first, but as the kids grow more comfortable, the chickens will recognize them and bond with them. You can even research some breeds and find out which are considered the friendliest and easiest for your children to get to know.
Raising chickens in your backyard can be a family experience. It will not only be a great lesson in responsibility, but also in dedication and patience — traits you all can carry on to future endeavors.
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