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I'm in high school and my passions are animals and helping people so I really want to raise a chick to be a therapy chicken. How do I go about raising it and do I need certifications or classes and what breed would be best. I want to bring my chicken to the assisted living home my grandparents live at. There are some amazing people there I want to make smile with my bird. Any and all suggestions would be helpful, thank you :love

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I am sure there are certifications that are needed. I don't know them but you could probably Google animal therapy certification and find out. As for breeds, silkies, Cochin, and Salmon Favorelles are more docile breeds a that I have worked with and would be a good start. That is a great goal to have and I wish you luck.
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Hi and welcome to BYC - I've only read about them here on BYC and have no experience in that field, but i think that you have some good pointers from Puddin fluff. In the meantime, the Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced chicken keepers - loads of info on anything chicken. http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

 
Joining your state thread  will put you in contact with other BYC members in your area, which can be very helpful.
 
 
The members here are amazing - very friendly and helpful, so if you need an answer to a question or simply want some reassurance that what you are doing is ok, then post away - we all help each other out here at BYC.
 
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You could start by asking  the manager of the assisted living facility.  Maybe they don't allow animals because of allergies, or  people who are afraid of them.    Maybe you could ask permission if you could visit  your grand parents   outdoors.  Others will notice and probably ask if they can see the bird as well.  That might be all it takes.  Birds of course should be clean and free of  pests.  Maybe a chicken diaper would be good, so you don't have to worry about it using someone's lap as a toilet.

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:welcome

 

Puddin Fluff and drumstick diva have given you some good advice so I'll just wish you well and say it's nice to have you here. I would think most residents would have childhood memories of raising chickens and would enjoy seeing them again.

 

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Thank you all for your advice! I've talked to some people on here who already have chickens in the therapy working field and its amazing what chickens can do! I still have lots of research to do before I get my birds but I plan on getting two Silkies. I know some of the residents had chickens and I want to name mine after great American women so Susan as in Susan B Anthony and Dorothy after Dorothy Dix. I thought the residents would get a kick out of that because these women have older generation names and a wonderful woman at the home might think I named my bird after her. I talked to a woman about vaccines and how to clicker train chickens. Did you know her chickens can recognize shapes on cards? How cool! If you want to talk to her about her chickens, look for elenfair I think she's really cool


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