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No Spring Chickens, Hens Help Heal Elderly

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Hold onto your eggs, chickens might be the newest trend in therapy animals. Already deployed to help with autism, a flock of hens now provides companionship for the elderly as well as a hobby for people whose lives are otherwise winding down.

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Cher C. (1462)
Friday May 2, 2014, 3:36 pm

Love it!!

Thnx for posting hun!


milca V. (79)
Friday May 2, 2014, 3:36 pm
very nice idea... all animals are good to have around... they ARE our best friends ;-)

Ruth C. (266)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:29 pm
I agree Milca.

Christeen Anderson (656)
Friday May 2, 2014, 6:05 pm
Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Friday May 2, 2014, 8:49 pm
Great article, very interesting, Thank you Carrie

Laurie H. (808)
Friday May 2, 2014, 9:13 pm
GREAT SHARE CARRIE!!! Thank you!!!~~~

joyce D. (52)
Friday May 2, 2014, 10:45 pm
Bantam hens are beautiful, & smart too... at least as smart as a cat.

joyce D. (52)
Friday May 2, 2014, 10:46 pm
How cool, you can have a pet that provides nutrition too.

joyce D. (52)
Friday May 2, 2014, 10:52 pm
Bantam hens are beautiful, & smart too... at least as smart as a cat.

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 4:18 am
One day I hope to have a pet chicken. I just love them. Great post, thanks Carrie.

Pat A. (117)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 7:48 am
Good idea - animals are so healing - but I do wonder about house-training them!

Lona Goudswaard (82)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 8:14 am
Substitute any animal that needs looking after for chicken, cat or dog and it will work. It gives back a both purpose in life and companionship.

Anne F. (17)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 12:53 pm
Thanks for posting such an appealing article.

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 1:45 pm
Great story!!

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 4:16 pm
Good idea. Chickens are smarter than most people believe.

Elizabeth M. (68)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 6:06 pm
Noted with thanks Carrie. Nope this kind of 'hensioner' is not for me - but it is a novel idea. Guess it would be to let the elderly know that they are not 'spring chickens' anymore. I realize animals are healing, but they would not allow chicken coops in any town in Alberta - they may get stuck in the tar sands LOL.
Actually I know that dogs, cats and birds make good companions, and now in my floundering age I would love to have a horse, but I couldn't afford it's oats. Guess I will just visit a farm with a variety of animals. I do love my little dog so much and he is very entertaining.
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