Chickens have made muchloved pets through history
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