Chick­ens a boon at care homes

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QWe have chick­ens and, as he never stops telling me, my fa­ther-in-law used to keep chick­ens! Sadly he’s now in a care home but en­joys look­ing at our birds when he vis­its – and reads our copy of Your Chick­ens when we’ve fin­ished with it. Re­cently the care home or­gan­ised a visit from a group of peo­ple who brought chick­ens in (I think you may have fea­tured the group in the mag­a­zine). How else can we main­tain his in­ter­est in chick­ens?

AJeremy Hob­son says: With re­gard to the vis­i­tors to your fa­ther-in-law’s home, you may be think­ing of HenPower, a part of the Equal Arts project (www.equalarts. org.uk/our-work/henpower) which visit more than 40 care homes in an ef­fort to ‘pro­mote health and well­be­ing…’ They re­ally do ‘hen­ter­tain’ and stim­u­late res­i­dents.

It’s more ex­pense, but could you con­sider sub­scrib­ing to a sec­ond monthly is­sue of Your Chick­ens in your fa­ther-in­law’s name… he would then have the plea­sure of his very own copy de­liv­ered di­rectly to his door.

You say he vis­its you; ex­actly how mo­bile is he? Could you per­haps take him to some of the poul­try shows to look around – or even make him a mem­ber of your lo­cal poul­try or small­holder’s club in or­der to keep him in­volved and ac­tive (you don’t have to own chick­ens or live­stock to be a mem­ber of such groups).

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