Not Just for Your Dinner Plate!
I was familiar with Equine Therapy with horses but had not heard of Chicken Therapy until I met a woman who has eleven pet chickens. The chickens are a variety of colors and breeds and all have their own individual pet names. According to Heidi, the owner, she said that the chickens have distinct personalities and similar to people, have their own pecking order. Some chickens get bullied, while others are more dominant and take the lead role, others are curious, some are playful or adventurous, but all chickens are uniquely different.
Having experienced a stressful weekend, I asked if I could hold one of the chickens, and was handed a beautiful soft golden brown bird. As I held the feathery clucking chicken in my arms, I felt an immediate sense of peace and calm, which lead to a conversation about how the chickens, like therapy horses, or other therapy animals, are helpful for a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and dementia. Chicken Therapy is not commonly known, but it exists, and research confirms that chickens make great therapy animals.
We love our pets because they make us feel better on rough days, they sit on our laps, lick our faces and cuddle with us when we feel sad. They calm us down when we feel angry and give us unconditional love. There is no question that animals are healing and therapeutic both emotionally and physically.
Next time you’re having a rough day, feeling, sad, anxious or frustrated, try some Chicken Therapy!