Caring for Pet Chickens, Ducks and Geese
These days there are lots of people who appreciate chickens, ducks and geese for the pleasure of them being part of their extended family as much as their egg laying or Sunday roast potential. It is certainly nice to be able to eat eggs that you know are coming from healthy birds who are leading happy lives but there is also pleasure in having older pet poultry who may only lay an occasional egg or none at all but still enjoy a quiet scratch around the garden.
Chickens and ducks are great pets to have with young children as they are unlikely to harm a toddler but are robust enough not be harmed themselves either. Collecting eggs from backyard chickens and using them in cooking is a lovely way to interact with children and nature in our increasingly urbanised world. Pet poultry are also great for grown-ups who enjoy reaching back to rural roots and quieter lives people used to live as they relax and watch their birds’ social interactions and observe how the ‘pecking order’ plays out.