Monday, March 01, 2010

Education and Free Range Chickens

The chickens were out today and went free ranging in a wider area than usual. I think they were happy to be warm and out in the sun having fun finding stuff to eat.

I was searching around for information about chickens that free range in forests and I came up with this pdf titled Creating An Environment For Free Range Chickens. Ok, I thought, this should be interesting.

But! It is not about chickens except by way of comparison. The article is about how to raise children to be "free range chickens" vs "battery hens."

I never thought of education with free range chickens in mind, but it is true that I had some teachers, very few, who taught their students how to think, how to learn, and to recognize their capabilities and expand them. Most teachers I had treated us as robots (or battery hens.)

I never though of my chickens free ranging as an example of an ideal learning environment. Works for me. Amazing! You just never know what you are going to find on the net.

(March 1, 2009)
I think I must have been desperate for something to post.
Those were great oranges!

[3 eggs today]
Laid on the wood shavings.



diane said...

An interesting comparison. Glad the girls could get out and about for a change.

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Callie ~ You find the most interesting links , I loved this one. Children certainly have the same curiosity as chickens and if we let them explore those curiosities , they'll definitely learn from those experiences.

~ Be Blessed ~

Chicken Boys said...

Have you seen the movie "Chicken Run"? I don't need free thinking chickens. Free range is okay, but if they start figuring out how to open the coop and crossing the field and stuff...I'll be out of chickens! LOL Kids are another story.

Cottage Garden said...

I can see the comparison - in a strange kind of way - they need to find their way in the world too!

Lovely photo Callie - good to see your ladies enjoying some early spring sunshine.

Jeanne x

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Yepper that is kind of a cool comparison.
We agree with you those chickens were just happy to be out in the sun shine..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Jennifer said...

My love when I let them out to free range and I do too... I love watching them and it helps on the fed bill :) I try to let them out every evening, today I let them out around 1:00 took pics. to do a post with.