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Chicken Therapy

Touch the Soil News #941 (Feature photo – The Chicken Coop – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Nature and farm animals can do what high tech cannot. A new scheme that introduces hen keeping to the elderly is gaining traction. The presence of the hens and their interaction with people is turning out to have a miraculous effect on the wellbeing of the elderly by reducing isolation and depression. The 70 senior citizens at Wood Green (a retirement community in Ireland) share their premises with 13 hens and 15 chicks. One 84 year-old resident gets up at 6:30 a.m. to clean out four chicken coups directly outside his bungalow. A non-profit…

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