Chicken Therapy.

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by cyanne, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. cyanne

    cyanne Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Cedar Creek, TX
    So, I am fairly new to the chicken-raising thing as an adult (had them when I was a kid), the DH an I decided to try this because we wanted to be a little more self-sufficient and organic.

    Well, we're still looking forward to all those eggs and fertilizer, but we've now discovered a new use for our chickens that wasn't even on the list: zen therapy. [​IMG]

    My husband works as a software developer with a boss who has zero respect for his employees having time outside of work, so he is often tired and stressed after being stuck in a windowless office all day.

    As for me, well, I work for the American Cancer Society as a cancer info specialist. I LOVE my job and feel really good about what I do, but honestly it is the most stressful job I have ever worked. I answer the phone all day and try to help people who are going through probably the worst time in their lives, and the whole time I have to walk a thin line between being caring and compassionate and wanting to help versus not getting too emotionally involved and having a nervous breakdown.

    Most days I leave with a good feeling in my heart, but a pounding feeling in my head and a really sore jaw because I unconsciously clench my jaw all the time. Also, I had to go on anti-anxiety meds last fall because all of the stress caused me to start waking up in the middle of the night with panic attacks. [​IMG]

    I started gardening in my back yard as a soothing hobby to take my mind off daily stress, and the chicken thing was an extension of that.

    Well, now I am amazed at how nice and peaceful it is to just sit and watch them. Both my DH and I like to take chairs into their run in the evening and then just sit and watch them run around looking for bugs and stretching their wings. I can (and have) do that for hours without getting bored. [​IMG]

    Often, I find that when I get home from work I am in too big of a hurry to get out and watch the chickens to stop to take something for my headache or go lay down and be miserable...and after watching them for a while the headache is gone anyway! Such wonderful, wonderful critters! [​IMG]
  2. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    It is true! I was amazed by how relaxing it is to watch them. How funny they can be when you feed them a treat.

    Keep enjoying them! Welcome to chickens!
  3. amyquilt

    amyquilt Serama Mama

    May 17, 2008
    Amarillo, TX
    We find them to be great therapy, too!
  4. cyanne

    cyanne Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Cedar Creek, TX
    I just love how easy it is to make them happy.

    They aren't technically allowed out of the coop to use the run, yet, because we don't have the aviary netting in place and they are still small enough to be taken by the neighbors' cats...we only let them out when we are able to be there to supervise.

    So, when I open the coop door to let them out they kind of look at me for a second or two to see if I'm letting them out or if I'm just coming in the coop for some other purpose. Then they all flood out the door, flapping, and making happy squawks because mom let them out to play! [​IMG]

    Then I sit and watch all of their silly behavior, like when they chase each other over coveted treats or practice 'flight school' where they try to fly up and down the length of the run (testing their wings). Just makes me feel calm and happy. I'd rather sit and watch them than anything that's on television.
  5. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Chickens are wonderful therapy. Having issues with depression, I realized that right away. It is so relaxing just to sit and watch them, just doing what they do. [​IMG]
  6. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Chickens can make you laugh, cry and just hang back with no clear thought about nothing. These girls I have can be the biggest bunch of goof balls! Like today I went up to feed them apple, cools them down (remove seeds) and I hold it for them, when I first sat down, leaned to place my glass of water on the ground, one bird hopped up on my lap, another one tested my water and another one was jumping up and down trying to see what I had.
    As most people say...Ive gone to the birds!
  7. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    All of you are right. Chickens are therapeutic. Who would've thunk it?
  8. kellim

    kellim Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    SC, GA Border
    I agree. Chickens have really made a difference to us too. We have days where we are so stressed out because of my son's medical problems that I just want to cry. I can go sit and watch out silkies hopping around and the others playing too and it just makes me feel so much better. Before we got our chickens we had days where my son didn't want to get out of bed because he felt so bad, but since we got them it gave him a sense of purpose I think. He knows he has to go feed them and pet the babies. I really think that they helped us out more than most people would ever know.
  9. CritterHill

    CritterHill Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    SE PA
    I was having a rough day today and was venting via email to my DH. His response?

    "Look, just grab a treat and go sit and feed the chickens, will you? It'll make it all better."

    And you know what? It did.
  10. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Quote:I have to wait until after I get home from work, but Chicken Therapy works, even hours after an upset. On weekends, my DH often tells me to go out and just watch the chickens. Maybe he's just trying to get me out of the kitchen so he can cook what he wants...

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