Chicken Keeping For Children - So Much More Than Free Eggs...
Updated: May 8, 2019
If you're new to owning chickens, you will be forgiven for thinking that free breakfast is the only benefit to this hobby. Actually, in the winter months when the mud is thick and the rain blows inside the coops, it's easy to forget the pros.
We have children and have kept chickens in our family for years. We find they bring so many lifestyle benefits - and not just eggs.
Keeping chickens provides an excellent educational experience for children! They are equally happy in a small urban garden (make sure you choose the right breed for small gardens) as they are free ranging in a rural farm-yard.
Waking up each morning, knowing that "Henrietta" is clucking in her coop waiting to be let out, immediately nurtures responsbility and care for others. Finding freshly laid eggs in the nesting box is natures reward!
Kids and teens of age 8 to 18 spend an average of 7 hours a day looking at screens. Keeping chickens is a great way to get them off IT and out into the fresh air. There are usually some chicken chores to do, whether it is collecting the eggs or supervising a scratch in the garden.
A Link to the country
A recent pol found that 1 in 10 young adults in Britain believes eggs come from wheat or maize and fewer than half know that butter comes from a dairy cow. A third of 16 to 23-year-olds do not know that eggs are laid by hens.
Keeping chickens in your backyard will provide that link with the country that so many families seem to lack these days.
Even small rural gardens usually have space for a few vegetables. Keeping chickens means free manure - it's high in nitrogen, making it an excellent fertiliser for vegetables. Children (and adults alike!) will really enjoy getting their hands dirty to plant their seeds, watching them grow, then harvesting and cooking the produce.