Involve Children in Designing and Building a Coop
Learning Responsibility and Where Food Comes From
We will be getting chickens not only as pets to look after but also for their eggs. There are a number of different breeds and some are better layers than others. We will be encouraging our boys to collect the eggs in the morning and learn different ways of cooking with them. (Though I’m sure many will end up in cakes!!)
Living in the countryside helps our children to grow up learning where their food comes from. The tractors are currently in the fields getting the ground ready for planting, just as we are sowing seeds ready to plant in our vegetable patch when the ground warms up.
We will also be encouraging our boys to look after the chickens and help feed them. Chickens are apparently a fan of treats, some of which we will be able to make ourselves using seeds, berries or leftover food. Chickens are also sociable animals and can get bored, so we’ll be able to get creative and make them some ‘toys’ to play with. This could be anything from old CD’s strung up on trees, mirrors so they can have fun with their reflection, or balls for them to roll around!
Consider Raising Chickens
We love spending time outside as a family, exploring the beautiful French countryside and learning about our surroundings.