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 Chickens

Some of the older Dreamcatcher chickens were bought from a local auction, but most of them were born and raised here in our coop!

Our chickens specialize in teaching nurturance by messing up their coop regularly and supervising while our program participants learn to clean it. They also play hard to get when people try to catch them, thus instilling a well-earned sense of accomplishment and pride when they do finally accomplish this task! Helping people develop self-esteem and confidence is their therapeutic specialty. As for working with aggressive people, there are no better monitors for animal abuse then our chickens. You absolutely cannot abuse them without the whole world knowing it. 

All of our chickens are very friendly and love to meet new people. They are wonderful therapists and have helped many to overcome their life issues. 

When babies are born, which they often are, the mother hens help children witness, first hand, what good child care is all about.  The children often tell their stories while sitting quietly and observing the hens taking care of their babies.  Sometimes a hen will abandon her chicks, which leads to conversations about feelings and identification with how the chicks might feel.  Often, when this happens, another hen will ‘adopt’ the neglected chick and take care of her until her mother returns or until she can fend for herself if the mother does not return.  This natural animal behavior elicits much conversation from our children and youth and there is no better place to have a heartfelt conversation than in the chicken coop on a warm Spring or Summer day while listening to the coo of the hens and watching them go about their lives.

 

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Some of the older Dreamcatcher chickens were bought from a local auction, but most of them were born and raised here in our coop!

Our chickens specialize in teaching nurturance by messing up their coop regularly and supervising while our program participants learn to clean it. They also play hard to get when people try to catch them, thus instilling a well-earned sense of accomplishment and pride when they do finally accomplish this task! Helping people develop self-esteem and confidence is their therapeutic specialty. As for working with aggressive people, there are no better monitors for animal abuse then our chickens. You absolutely cannot abuse them without the whole world knowing it. 

All of our chickens are very friendly and love to meet new people. They are wonderful therapists and have helped many to overcome their life issues. 

When babies are born, which they often are, the mother hens help children witness, first hand, what good child care is all about.  The children often tell their stories while sitting quietly and observing the hens taking care of their babies.  Sometimes a hen will abandon her chicks, which leads to conversations about feelings and identification with how the chicks might feel.  Often, when this happens, another hen will ‘adopt’ the neglected chick and take care of her until her mother returns or until she can fend for herself if the mother does not return.  This natural animal behavior elicits much conversation from our children and youth and there is no better place to have a heartfelt conversation than in the chicken coop on a warm Spring or Summer day while listening to the coo of the hens and watching them go about their lives.

 

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