One of the many fringe benefits that come with owning small livestock is the opportunity for your kids to interact with animals. They (the kids) learn responsibility by feeding and taking care of them, they learn where food actually comes from, and they get a chance to connect with a living, breathing part of nature (as opposed to staring at yet another blinking screen).
Each of our kids has their own chicken, and they love to hold and pet them when they get the chance. The chickens, however, are not always as enthused. To that effect, each of the kids has developed their own unique style of chicken wrangling.
Tater Tot opts for a gentle, "Poultry Whisperer" approach when petting Carmella.
Erik, on the other hand, is more of a chicken cowboy.
Alex loves to hold Scratchy.
Erik finally caught Cookie.