Could chooks help un-choke our court system?
AT A time when Xbox 360s, iPhones and online computer games seem to rule the roost and lives of most teenagers, Gympie, believe it or not, is leading the way when it comes to young chook breeders.
I don't know why we have so many chook lovers in Gympie but to me it seems like a good thing.
The idea of looking after chooks or any animal has long been known to aid the development of young minds.
Most children aren't consciously aware of the lessons they are learning by caring for pets, but it teaches them a lot about life and good aspects of it.
Children learn responsibility, compassion, love, empathy, kindness and gentleness.
They also learn how to deal with sickness and death when the eventual day comes.
These life lessons are invaluable to modern day youth, especially the ones brought up on a constant diet of death and destruction on computer screens.
If more of our youngsters grew up breeding chooks we may have a lot less young adults in our court system.