Our daughter wants chickens. And she does so more than anything. She dreams of holding them and petting them. But her view of owning chickens was similar to owning cats. When you asked her “who will feed the chickens?”, she answered “You and dad”. When you would ask her “who will clean up after the chicken?”, she would answer dad.
So we thought about it… and thought some more… and came up with a plan :
Our Little Miss is now the proud caretaker of a 1/2 pound family of red worms. In the early morning light, we take out the worms and tend to them. She helps sort out the kitchen scraps and learns to count while remembering which quadrant we feed next. She learns about chemistry by applying the egg shells to keep the environment from turning too acidic. She learns about the cycle of life, watching as the worms reproduce, she learns about composting, she learns responsibility, she learns consistency, she learns about planning ahead… but most of all, she gets to hold them and pet them. They are her first hard-working homestead animals and she can’t wait for her chickens next year.