WATCH: How hens are helping improve health of the elderly


A study, using Chinese Silkie hens, has shown some remarkable results, with the hens helping improve the general health of a retirement villages population.

The study, as reported by ABC in the above video, is being carried out by HenPower. Their Director of Research, Karn Nelson, says having the hens around not only improves the mental health of the elderly but also gets them more active too!

The hens were introduced in a bid to tackle the rising mental health problem found in the older generations, especially those living in retirement homes. They have already shown to help with depression, anxiety and have got some of the residents up and active.

The residents are allowed to stroke the birds and cuddle to their heart’s content.They are also given the task of collecting eggs daily and looking after them, which the residents thoroughly enjoy and also helps improve their physical health. Chinese Silkies were used as they are not only cute, but also placid and very easy to tame.

“I think it’s great”, said one resident.

“Who would think that in the retirement village...that you could have chickens and you can put your hands on them”, he added.

Who knew something as simple as a hen could have such wonderful side effects?Could this be the key to tackling mental health problems in the older generations? Who knows, but it would be ‘cheep’.

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