Raising Chickens and Children

Raising Chickens and Children
Our motto states that here on Phillips Farm, we are raising free-range chickens, ducks, and little boys. Raising chickens and children have some similarities: both thrive with wholesome natural food, both need exercise, fresh air, and sunshine for good health, both like cherry tomatoes plucked straight off the plant through the garden fence… All kidding aside, we have seen through years of raising chickens for eggs as well as having backyard ducks, that there is so much to be learned in raising chickens and children together. There are, of course, the concrete lessons. For my three-year-old niece, it’s something as simple as which chicken is a boy and which is a girl? How do we know by looking at and listening to them? What do chickens and ducks eat? What do ducks do when it rains? Is it the same or different from the chickens? At her young age, it’s

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