When I opened my preschool, I wanted a spacious backyard not only to build a playground but also to have enough space for animals. This is because, for the large part of my own childhood, I was surrounded by rabbits, chickens, gooses, goats (they were my favorites!).
The first step was to convince my metropolitan husband to have chickens. Hard to do, but not impossible :)
With that out of the way, the problem now is to find the perfect coop. I first thought about building one. Then I tried to get a used one but they sell as hot cakes, and the ads are nearly impossible to catch with a full-time preschool. I then looked for one in different online stores but all were below my standards.
Why chickens? First, it's fun to collect eggs each day. It can be part of a child's routine. Kids learn where food comes from (we also have a vegetable garden). Then, a relationship with a pet can help children develop a caring attitude and skills such as nurturing, responsibility, empathy and improved communication.
I am open to any suggestions/help. As soon, I will have a coop and hens, you will be able to visit them!