Raising a therapy chcken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Keru0Keru, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. Keru0Keru

    Keru0Keru New Egg

    Mar 15, 2016
    Phoenix, Az
    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 [​IMG]
  2. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    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.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    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. https://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.

    All the best
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    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.
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    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.

    Good luck with your project!
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  8. Keru0Keru

    Keru0Keru New Egg

    Mar 15, 2016
    Phoenix, Az
    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
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2016

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