Animals make a great teaching device for following through on responsibilities. If one has to feed the chickens and another has to feed the dogs as an assignment and they “forget” as children often do, the animal shows the problem visibly to the child.
The dogs whine. The chickens make more noise. The rooster crows more often and more loudly. Goats break a hole in your fence and make their way to your back porch.
This is all good feedback to the child. There is no postponing. The animals protest if forgotten. It makes for a great teaching moment between the adult and the child.