I'm a new mom to 29 chicks and 3 (was 4) ducks and 2 dogs. My son (10) loves the idea of having animals but not the reality. I fight with him to do chores in the first place but how do I get him INTERESTED in the ins and outs of raising animals. He also says he wants a cow but he won't help train his dog (the one he bought himself) or take care of the chicks. Yesterday, when I asked him to round the chickens up to put them away for the night, I looked out and he was throwing them into their pen. I'm thinking he thinks that because they can fly it won't hurt. When we first got the ducks, we used a net to collect them from the pool because they would be so hard to catch. Apparently today, he tried to use the net (a 10 in. butterfly net) to catch one of the ducks, which have gotten very large and somehow, he hurt it. It ended up dying before I got home from work, teaching. His job when he gets home is to let the animals out of their coops and go about his other chores so I don't know why he was trying to catch the duck and put it in the pool. I'm at a loss of how to teach him these things. Y'all I can handle 25 children all day and yet, my own son-the one I have raised by myself is a mystery. Keep in mind that I am NOT a lenient parent whose child walks over, but I am firm and consistent. I just want to teach him about handling animals properly and then some. Please help. His dad wants me to send him to live there for the summer, but I CAN NOT do that, I'm willing to try anything.