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Ten Reasons You Should Spend Ten Extra Minutes With Your Flock Every Day

  1. Mountain Peeps
    Ten Reasons You Should Spend Ten Extra Minutes With Your Flock Every Day

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    Let’s be honest: In the summer, when it’s hot and humid, it can sometimes discourage us from spending as much time with our flock as we normally would. However, the summer makes for a great opportunity to spend time with the birds. Spending time with our chickens is healthy for both them and us. In this article, I will be discussing the top ten reasons to spend at least ten extra minutes with your flock each and every day, no matter what the season.

    1.) dditional Bonding TimeA
    Who doesn’t enjoy having friendly birds who run to greet them, fall asleep on their lap and follow them around? And, what is the best way to bond with your flock? Spend time with them, of course! Talk to them, cuddle with them, hand feed them, sing to them and simply be within their presence. Chickens are creatures who enjoy routine and thrive by living in groups. If you spend time with them every day, they will soon recognize you as part of the “flock”.
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    If you bring a treat with you when you go to see your birds, they will quickly realize that only good things come from you and, thus, anxiously await your every arrival. Chickens also are very vocal and talkative animals. Speaking while around them will familiarize them to your voice and, believe me, you won’t be alone in conversation…chickens never shut up!

    2.) Provides Opportunity to Spot Illness and InjuryIt
    As you have most likely heard about most sicknesses, “the best way to treat it is to catch it early” is also true when it comes to chickens. Noticing and identifying illness or injury early will make a world of a difference in the long run. Spotting issues like this is hard to do when you don’t spend much time around your birds. Simply by spending about ten extra minutes with your flock each day, you will be able to observe and catch possible problems easily. Watch for limping, lethargy, coughing, wheezing, odd discolorations on the body, loss of feathers, droopy wings, off-chart droppings or eggs, off-color combs and wattles, crusty faces and otherwise unusual symptoms in each of your chickens.

    3.) It Makes for a Fun Time with the Family
    Children of all ages love chickens and, if the chickens are friendly to the family, will love the children right back. Teaching kids to be gentle with animals is important. Spending additional time with your kids and your flock is well worth it as well as fun for everyone.
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    You can also let the chickens out to free range while you and your family share a meal together outdoors. The chickens will love to search around your feet for scraps. Additionally, your family will enjoy the clucking company of the birds.

    4.) It Provides Opportunity to Spot Problems within the Coop

    Spending additional time in your chicken quarters every day will not only allow you to catch signs of disease or injury within the birds but also provide a chance to observe the coop itself. Does something need repairing? Is the window cracked? Does the door still close properly? Does the grass in the chicken yard need to be mowed? Are there any worn spots in the coop? Are the feeder and waterer functioning correctly? Has the paint worn off the coop? Fixing any small issues early can save you from big problems later. That crack in the corner might turn into a hole that a predator can squeeze through and gain access to your chickens.

    5.) It Provides More Insight into Chicken Behavior
    Chickens are incredible creatures! Their behavior is fascinating. Some people say that you never need a TV when you have chickens around. While I do enjoy watching TV, that statement is true. Chickens provide endless and abounding entertainment. They are always doing something and always have something to cluck about. Even in their sleep chickens are interesting. They twitch, purr and rearrange themselves. Learning about their everyday behavior is not only captivating but it’s also a great way to further your chicken wisdom. The more time you spend with your flock, the more knowledge you will gain about their habits and behavior.

    6.) It Makes for a Great Chance to Capture Moments with Your Camera
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    Do you enjoy photography? Chickens make wonderful models. They dirt bathe, lay eggs, peck things, flap their wings, sunbathe, preen their feathers, attempt to fly, dig in the dirt and search for bugs which all make wonderful photo opportunities. Also, if you’re lucky, they’ll sometimes stand still and pose just for you. When you sit with your chickens, be sure to take your camera along to develop your photography skills as you capture precious moments with the flock. A word of caution: chickens love to investigate things and, if you’re not careful, they’ll peck and tug at your camera which could damage the lens.
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    7.) It’s Enjoyable and Relaxing
    Spending time with the flock is a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors. Take a book with you and lounge in the yard while the chickens forage around you. Take your food and sit near them to observe them. Swing in the hammock with your favorite bird on your lap. The possibilities of things to do with your birds are endless. Overall though, chickens themselves are entertaining and watching them is quite relaxing as many chicken owners would agree.

    8.) It Allows You Extra Time to Learn About Each Flock Member
    Every chicken is different with its own, unique personality. Trust me, it is a blast discovering their personalities. But, you can only do that by being around them. At first glance, chickens look the same but, as chicken keepers, we know that this is far from accurate. One bird might be flighty and skittish, the other might be cuddly and affectionate while another might be curious and always on the go. Spending time with your chickens every day will give you a deeper insight into the attitude of each flock member, as well give them a chance to get used to you as their caretaker. Believe it or not, chickens enjoy getting to know us too.
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    9.) It Provides You with an Escape
    Sometimes life can be overwhelming. Jobs, sports, family activities, world on-goings and daily schedules can all sometimes weigh us down. Escaping to the chicken coop for a period of time is occasionally needed. If you can’t seem to have time within your daily routine to spend extra time with your chickens, try getting up earlier. The refreshing, morning air along with your chickens’ first clucks of the day all makes for a relaxing way to start off the day. Also, remember that spending time with your flock doesn’t always mean just sitting with them. You can go about your daily chicken chores and still bond with your birds. Pet the hen in the nest box as you collect eggs, talk to your chickens as you tidy the henhouse, sing to them as you repair the outside of the run, etc.

    10.) It Builds Memories
    The most beneficial part about spending extra time with your chickens is the fact that you build memories together. Each flock you ever own should hold a special place in your heart but, if you never spend time with them, it will be hard to remember them. Chickens are social creatures that enjoy the company of their owners. We, as their owners, should also enjoy the company of our birds. Happily sitting with them on our lap, enjoying the thrill of them following us around the yard, having them eagerly eat out of our hands and lazily sunbathe at our feet are all wonderful memories and experiences that chicken keepers love.

    Chicken raising as a whole is one big adventure and can only be fully appreciated with the enjoyment of memories made with our beloved flocks. Spending time with our chickens is the best way to build memories with them.
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    Nothing should stop you from spending time with your chickens, including the heat of summer or cold of winter. Being the social and entertaining creatures that they are, chickens will love having you around. It will help them be friendlier towards you and strengthen the bond they share with you. Even if it’s just ten extra minutes of your time every day, being around your chickens is an experience that builds memories and provides many kinds of opportunities. So what are you waiting for? Go have some fun with your flock!

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  1. Chicken Girl1
    Another wonderful article Sarah!
  2. DustyDawgy
    Great article!!
  3. peastix
    Wonderful article!
  4. Teila
    Great article ... Couldn't agree more! I work from home and no matter how bad my day, when I walk out the door and let the girls out for supervised free range, you can guarantee they have me smiling within minutes .. they are the best therapy and also good listeners ;)
  5. kaycountry1016
    We got 8 chickens in April 2015 and got 3 more in April 2016. We have always spent time with them and we sit with them every day (weather permitting) so they can free range. They love cherrios and sunflower seeds and jump on our laps and shoulders to get them or chase after them when we throw them. I didn't know chickens could be so amusing until we got some plus their eggs are great. Kay in NC... 8 5 16
  6. James Beller
    Eventually you will become part of the flock and they will peck bugs off you sometimes scabs but oh well. They are really great and each chicken will eventually become comfortable eating from your hand. After so much interaction you may be able to pick them up. They might just come to you though. Some of my chickens will jump on me then sometimes they will just hang around you and you can pet them. They are very great animals.
  7. RezChamp
    Ooooooops! ...."of " different species... Not "do"
  8. RezChamp
    Yes. Kinda tuff with 200 birds do different species but like I said, Yes.
  9. ladyearth
    I have one gal Silver Girl she loves to be loved. she wants to be cuddled and patted. she wants to rest her neck over my arm and close her eyes and nap/
    more than the rest of them.
    I didnt spend enough cuddle time with the first bunch so they are more standoffish...
    I know each of their "whines" and their voices... I even cut off their dif colored tie wraps on their legs (Gold for Gold, Black for Blakey,ink for PInkee LEEEE,No wrap for NO-NIE, White for Whittey, etc)cause I know each of them up close.....even though the are all BRockers they each have a diff face.....
    just a saying
  10. cukuriku
    Greatly appreciated! I spend time with them in general, though I only have chicks of 6 weeks old now, so they're still a bit reluctant to stay around me. Eitherway, they usually end up on my lap, and then they go back in the coop. Today though, I pet them, calmed them down, and they fell asleep cuddled on my lap with their heads tucked into my arm-it was so adorable! That's when I regretted forgetting an important point in this article-I didn't bring a camera! Too bad, if I'd get up they would've woken up and that's it. So remember everyone-don't forget that camera!

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