At Pathfinder Farm we just celebrated one year as chicken keepers. I have come to know chickens more intimately over this period and I have learned their special secret. Chickens are workaholics!
Many people report that keeping chickens is a great way to teach kids respect and responsibility for animals. I would agree that they are an incredible way to show children where food comes from and help them learn about work. Chickens have simple needs that make great chores for kids. Beyond that, chickens actually do a lot of chores so they are great role models. They are busy and persistent. They love to work and are always patrolling, scratching and tilling the garden.
You can start with the classic children’s book, The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton. At a recent book signing for the Quincy the Horse Books, I was asked to also choose a classic to read at the story time. I chose The Little Red Hen. I was amazed at how true the story is to every day life with chickens!
Along with being great role models for curious kids, chickens provide immediate reinforcement. Getting the eggs from the nests of my laying hens makes me feel like an excited kid every day! If you want to raise chickens, please get a copy of the The Little Red Hen and let your kids be part of the process.