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No Spring Chickens, Hens Help Heal Elderly


Health & Wellness  (tags: animals, chickens, therapy animals, elderly, health, humans, news, interesting, research, society )

Carrie
- 175 days ago - modernfarmer.com
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 Away Moving (1470)
Friday May 2, 2014, 3:36 pm


Love it!!

Thnx for posting hun!

 

milca V. (75)
Friday May 2, 2014, 3:36 pm
very nice idea... all animals are good to have around... they ARE our best friends ;-)
 

Ruth S. (304)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:29 pm
I agree Milca.
 

Christeen Anderson (515)
Friday May 2, 2014, 6:05 pm
Awesome. Thanks for sharing.
 

Katie D. (89)
Friday May 2, 2014, 8:49 pm
Great article, very interesting, Thank you Carrie
 

Laurie H. (719)
Friday May 2, 2014, 9:13 pm
GREAT SHARE CARRIE!!! Thank you!!!~~~
 

joyce D. (53)
Friday May 2, 2014, 10:45 pm
Bantam hens are beautiful, & smart too... at least as smart as a cat.
 

joyce D. (53)
Friday May 2, 2014, 10:46 pm
How cool, you can have a pet that provides nutrition too.
 

joyce D. (53)
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. (116)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 7:48 am
Good idea - animals are so healing - but I do wonder about house-training them!
 

Lona Goudswaard (71)
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.
 

Evanola Davis (73)
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. (67)
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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