Convincing Parents to Get Chickens!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SullyCarter, May 5, 2008.

  1. SullyCarter

    SullyCarter Out Of The Brooder

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    So, I am almost 12 and very responsible and am trying to convince my mom to let me get chickens. My dad is completly open and supports the idea. My mom on the other hand is open to the idea but wants to see how my neighbors will go. My neighbor is support to get them in about a month. Do you have any ideas that will set off her support?

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  2. EllyMae

    EllyMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey there. I have a 13yo and if she wanted to get my support on something like this...she could win me over by showing me responsiblity and not just promising it. For example: Going to bed on time without me hounding her about it, Cleaning up after HERSELF, volunteering to help out with appropriate projects, etc. Can you tell I'm a mom?? LOL.[​IMG]
     
  3. olivesmom

    olivesmom Out Of The Brooder

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    We had a very mean rooster that was dropped in our neighborhood. My neighbor down the street cared for it and even though it would chase you EVERYONE in our neighborhood loved it. In general I think most people have an appreciation for chickens ... The only thing I can think that would upset a neighbor is if it was a rooster and woke them up. I happened to love it but I can imagine a few that would not.

    I agree with the previous post ... if you want to keep your mom on your side continue to SHOW her how you handle the rest of your life and your likely to be able to create the kind of life you would like ... such as one filled with wonderful chickens!

    Best of luck,
    Charlotte
     
  4. S0rcy

    S0rcy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would be impressed with plans.

    "Look mom, this is how I will take care of the chickens, this is where they will sleep, this is what they will eat, these are how many I can afford - do you have any ideas?" etc. For me, plans written down on paper are thought out ahead of time and are impressive. Especially when some time to write/draw nicely is taken!
     
  5. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, if she is worried about the neighbors, you can choose not to keep a rooster, and tell her that you don't have to have a roo, that is, if you don't.

    You can also let her know that it will be a fun hobby for you that teaches you responsibility, gathering eggs, painting the coop, feeding, watering.

    It is a bunch of work though, I wouldn't get to many and get in over your head, if I were you.
     
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:So, your dad says yes, your mom says maybe depending what the neighbors think, and one neighbor says wait til next month?

    That sounds like you are pretty much a shoo-in, there, as long as you exercise PATIENCE. Like, not bugging mom and dad and neighbor every day about it. Seriously [​IMG]

    As a parent, and as a former kid also <g>, I would have to say that waiting a month sounds like a very sensible compromise... I know that at the moment you want chickens with every fiber of your being and have done so since birth, but it is not all that uncommon for teenagers to want something else different *next* month with every fiber of their beings and to have done so since birth [​IMG] Since chickens are a long-term commitment, it makes sense from an adult perspective to see what happens.

    YOU, since you actually *do* want chickens with every fiber of your being and it isn't going to change in a mere month, will just have to survive a little bit of a delay [​IMG] Trust me, chickens are not going extinct by summertime [​IMG] Also, in a few months you will have MUCH more time to deal with them, set things up, manage them, admire them, etc.

    So I am not sure you need to do a lot other than not piss your parents and neighbors off for the next month or so [​IMG]

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  7. SullyCarter

    SullyCarter Out Of The Brooder

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    The thing is I have been working harder and taking more responsibilities, maybe I will push it even more.
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  8. mango27

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  9. LovesChicks29

    LovesChicks29 New Egg

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    hello! any tips for a beginner ??? [​IMG]
     
  10. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Read the tips in the Learning Center on this web site. Then come back and ask your questions, and we'll be happy to answer them!
     

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