When my 6 year niece was asked if she would accept an interview about her chicken farming experience she excitedly replied “ooh I didn’t know chicken farming was so fancy.” For sake of protecting her identification I asked my niece to pick an alternate identity and she requested to be referred to as “Rhubarb Muffin”.
Q: What do you have to do to look after chickens.
A: Give them fresh water, clean the wood chips and collect the eggs
Q: How many eggs do you get everyday
A: Sometimes 1. sometimes 11.
Q: What is the hardest part of being a chicken farmer?
A: Changing the water because it sprays me
Q: What do you like most about your chickens
A: They go “bock bock”
A: How much does a dozen eggs cost?
A: 5 dollars
Q : Do you know what organic means?
Q: Is it hard to pick up a chicken?
A: Yes, but I am good at it.
So Rhubarb Muffin may not have vast insight into the world of organic agriculture and animal husbandry but she is learning a lot about responsibility, empathy for living things and math & accounting skills (if I drop 2 eggs before getting to the house will I have enough to sell to get my $5?) There seems to be a fair amount of fun in the chicken business as I’ve seen RM and my daughter spending a lot of time playing with the docile and friendly hens . In the picture below “dress up” and chicken farming merge well for 6 year-olds. Maybe tomorrow I’ll don a tiara and add a skip before heading out to work too.