We just acquired a chicken, one which was previously a family’s pet. This was a boon to us because my intentions to build a henhouse and run never went anywhere due to time and money constraints, but once the chicken was here we had to build a suitable shelter immediately. The henhouse we inherited but the run we had to create.
DD age 4 will be the owner of the chicken, and as such she’ll eventually take on most of the chicken care and half of the expense. At the moment, DH and I are helping quite a bit as we figure out what we’re doing. Right now the kids love carrying her around or watching her scurry around the yard snatching up bugs (and at least one small toad so far, to the older DD’s dismay). And of course the first green egg collected was a wonderment.
Now I’ve got to go look through the relevant section of the Handbook of Nature Study, which as I recall suggests that bird study begin with chickens.