Chickens a boon at care homes
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).