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5 Reasons Chickens Make Good Pets

Gentle handing of a chicken produces a nice, docile pet.
Gentle handing of a chicken produces a nice, docile pet.
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Chickens that are raised in loving atmospheres can be wonderful family pets for many years. The best type of pet chicken is a docile hen. Roosters do not usually make good family pets because they tend to frighten children and make a lot of noise. Here are 5 reasons chickens make good pets:

Family Project

Family Project
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Their care can become a great family project. Children can join in and help care for the chickens by feeding them and by cleaning up after them. Chickens do not need a lot of room; therefore, almost anyone can raise a few of them in their own back yard.

Learning Project

Learning Project
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They can be a good learning project. Children can learn about chickens and they can learn to take responsibility for a living being. Many shed companies and do-it-yourself stores carry blueprints and supplies for building chicken coops in the back yard.

Educational Outings

Educational Outings
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They provide reasons to take the family on educational outings. The family can meet chicken breeders at fairs and other events, attend shows, and join a group that allows children to show their pet. There are many different varieties of chickens. Some of the most popular varieties for beginners include the docile, colorful Pekin, the Silky, and the Bantam.

Charity

Charity
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They can be an opportunity to help a charity group. Many abandoned and abused chickens end up in rescue centers. The family can save a life and give a rescued hen a new home where she can learn that humans can be kind and gentle. Some municipalities allow families to have pet chickens.

Respect for Animals

Respect for Animals
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Chickens are masterful teachers of respect for animals. A family who bonds with a hen for a pet soon learns that all animals feel the same sensations and emotions that people feel. Compassion and empathy for this beautiful feathered creature will produce a kind, docile pet and hours of amusement for the family.

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