Chicken ther­apy

Country Smallholding - - Inside This Month -

We all love our chick­ens, but did you know that they are pro­vid­ing ther­apy to peo­ple in spe­cial needs cen­tres, schools and nurs­ing homes? Now it’s of­fi­cial — they re­ally are good for our well­be­ing.

Susie Kear­ley has looked into how chick­ens help in the ther­a­peu­tic process for those suf­fer­ing from a va­ri­ety of is­sues, from Alzheimer’s dis­ease to iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness. One man, who suf­fered abuse as a child, adopted some ex-batts and dis­cov­ered that they changed his life. “They calm me down and I feel that through the hor­rors in both their lives and mine, we con­nect.” Read Susie’s fas­ci­nat­ing ar­ti­cle on page 24 — you will be amazed.

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