Acre 22 Poultry

Acre 22 is dedicated to promoting and preserving backyard poultry. Free ranged and hand-raised for your enjoyment.
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Welcome! to Acre 22

My name is Mitzi Young, I am a graduate of a Recreation and Leisure program. I work as an Adjuvant at a Peterborough nursing home where I provide various therapeutic programs such as yes, a chicken coop and hatching eggs.
I am the first person in history to erect a coop on a long term care homes property for residents enjoyment.
I am a poultry enthusiast who raises rare, hard to find breeds for all my customers to enjoy for years to come.
 
Need help with raising your own flock?
Dont know where to start? Acre 22 provides materials, phone calls and farm visits to teach you the basics of raising a happy flock in your own backyard.
Feel free to contact me for further information.

CHICKEN THERAPY

Written By Mitzi Young 
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Chicken Therapy, what can that possibly be? It is the profound sense of simple, natural, warm feeling that comes over a person while they enjoy watching chickens just being chickens in the yard. It doesn’t even have to be your own yard, Chicken Therapy can be done in other peoples’ yards too. The main component to Chicken Therapy is the chickens, the rest sorts itself out. 
 
In the nursing home I work at, I provide chicks year around that stay for weeks in a large aquiarium. Residents can whell up to the glass and watch them as they run, play and sleep. It brings a sense of calmness and takes away from the feelings of sadness, pain or confusion. I have watched over the last 2 years the enjoyment "Chickens" bring to the residents of this nursing home.
 
Do you feel at peace when you just take a few moments out of your busy day and just enjoy your chickens? They are scratching in the yard, laying eggs, chasing each other for a prized worm or spaghetti noodle.  Chickens are chickens no matter the world events or crazy day you have had. They are simple reminders that life goes on about us. 
 
Chickens are being use as therapy animals for a wide range of ailments. From children with autism to group homes for people who suffer from memory impairment disorders such as dementia, chickens are helping people to connect with animals and each other. They are scratching about yards and bringing a sense of calm and comfort to the lucky people who get to watch over them. Chickens bring about a nostalgic feeling to our older generations who may have grown up with a flock and a new sense of awe to the younger ones. The care of chickens also bring teaching moments, responsibility and routine to people who need this to thrive. 
 
I rarely talk about my anxiery diagnoses back in 2001. After days,weeks and a year of my son Connor's extreme colic; I was catapolted into a feeling of anxiouness daily. When I started raising birds for my own eggs and enjoyment, I noticed I was able to lower my medication to half of what I was taking.
 
Sometimes, it is the simple things in life that can transform us into different human beings, more compassionate and understanding when taking on raising poulty. As well as watching nature take course from a hatching egg, to a grown hen.
 
I hand raise all my birds providing them a level of love that is unique. They become truly a "pet".
 
If you have a similar story i would love for you to share it on Facebook on my poultry page :) 
 
I love to hear from you.
 

Do you know?

Do you know?

Investing in a good poultry health book is always handy when things come up.
Chickens are always have issues from impacted crop, bumble foot and worms
 
Always be Prepared
  
Some viruses birds can catch can be from
1000 yards away.
 
Yup, its true