Chick­ens have made muchloved pets through his­tory

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Q My class at school is do­ing a project on pets and I said my part would be about chick­ens. Some peo­ple laughed and said chick­ens aren’t pets. Even the teacher wasn’t sure. I re­ally love my chick­ens and spend all my time with them, so doesn’t that mean that they are pets and not just there to lay eggs?

A Anne Perdeaux says: All Your Chick­ens read­ers will be on your side about this — we en­joy the com­pany of our chick­ens as much as their eggs. Peo­ple who have never kept chick­ens may not un­der­stand, though, so it is up to you to ed­u­cate your class­mates and teacher. Start with some on­line re­search and look up Myr­tle, the parachut­ing chicken. Myr­tle was adopted by Lieu­tenant Pat Glover of the First Air­borne Divi­sion dur­ing World War II. He took her parachut­ing and she learnt to fly down be­side him. She com­pleted enough para­chute jumps to earn her ‘wings’, and she even went into the bat­tle of Arnhem with Lt Glover. You could also find the story of Nel­lie the chicken and Gen­eral Lee in the Amer­i­can Civil War. Nel­lie lived in the army camp, laid her eggs un­der the gen­eral’s bed and when she went miss­ing af­ter the fa­mous Bat­tle of Get­tys­burg, the re­treat was de­layed un­til she was found. Also in the Amer­i­can Civil War was Jake Donel­son, the rooster mas­cot of the 3rd Ten­nessee Reg­i­ment. He de­fied bul­lets to crow at the en­emy at the siege of Fort Donel­son. Read up on these sto­ries and see if you can find any oth­ers. They should get your project off to a fly­ing start.

Peo­ple who have never kept chick­ens may not un­der­stand what great com­pany they are

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