Hello my name is Karla and I am 10 years old. I like vegetarian cooking – I like to make the food and eat it. I prefer savoury food to sweet food. When I was 3 years old I used to ask my mom for salad and pesto for breakfast. My mom runs a chicken rescue centre and I’ve learnt a lot from watching my mom.
Where in the world are you?
Johannesburg, South Africa, Gauteng.
What are your chicken’s names?
Ivey, Buttercup rose, Irma, Lee, Abby, Georgey, Mia, Claire and Ruby.
How do you spend quality time with your chicken/ chickens?
I sit outside with them and hold them and talk to them kiss them hug them.
What has surprised you most about your chickens?
How intelligent they are.
What do you want to tell people out there (who don’t know chickens as a species) about chickens?
You can’t say that chicken are weird or gross when you don’t know how wonderful they really are!!!!!
How do you know that your chickens recognize you over and above other people in their lives?
I think that after you spend time with them they get to know you better so they don’t try to avoid you they come to you. I had a broiler her name was Eva and she used to avoid me, but when I went to go feed the chickens the other chickens would chase and peck her. One day I went on to the ground and sat with her and put my legs out around her in a v shape. She slowly knew that I wasn’t going to hurt her but to protect her from the other chickens.
In your experience of keeping chickens as pets, what 10 non-negotiable factors do you believe need to be in place to give chickens a life that is physically, emotionally and mentally healthy?
You need to feed them and love them, care for them and you need to make sure they aren’t hurt.
If you could say one thing, on behalf of chickens in the world, to the decision makers in your country, what would that one thing be?
Animals are living things if animals were human and we [humans] were the animals would you like to be slaughtered or be hanged or even bleed to death because that’s what humans are doing?!!!!!!