Montana woman uses chickens as therapists

Saturday, June 20, 2009

POLSON, Mont. -- Therapy dogs can be a comfort for seniors and those recovering from illnesses and injuries.

So how about therapy chickens?

Jana Clairmont of Polson, Mont., calls her therapy birds -- a white rooster and Cornish game hen -- "Fowl Play."

On Thursday, she took them to visit residents at Polson Health and Rehabilitation Center in northeast Montana.

Many seniors were raised on farms, Clairmont says, and holding a chicken can bring back memories.

As one man stroked the rooster, Alex, the bird stretched out his neck and rested it across the man's forearm, like a puppy.

Clairmont has arranged visits to retirement and assisted living homes, and says she'd like to take Alex and Carlita, the hen, into classrooms this fall.

Information from: Missoulian,

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