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Action needed: Sign this petition to help this Michigan family keep their chickens for their daughter with cerebral palsy and their son with cognitive medical problems. (Click on purple link above to access petition. Nearly 9,000 people have already signed it. Let's go for 10,000!)
TV news clip from WILX News
Anyone who has ever raised chickens knows firsthand the therapeutic effects of raising chickens. These adorable birds make you giggle and laugh with their antics--from their jerky head movements to peck bugs off the ground to their outrageous chicken squabbles over a scoopful of scratch. I even had one peck at my back door the other night after I had put the chickens back into the coop. She was telling me that I had forgotten one--her!
Many of the breeds are so docile that they like to be held. This Cochin of mine, cleverly named Coachie, is one such hen.
In a previous post, I talk about the therapeutic effects of chickens. Chickens are known for being beneficial to children with Asperger's or autism. They often help children learn how to socialize and make eye contact.
Therapy chickens also travel to retirement and assisted living homes where seniors pet them, talk with them and receive comfort from them.
A good dose of chicken is good for the soul.
A family located in Perry, Michigan have two children, Katelyn and Lucas, who currently have access to animal-assisted therapy or chicken therapy. Perry, Michigan, is a small town that is 2.9 square miles and has a population of 2,188 people (2010 Census). It is located 22 miles northeast of Lansing (Michigan's state capitol) and 30 minutes from Flint, Michigan (according to the City site.)
Here is what the family's petition says: