Chicken are great animals to start with, and I would prefer that he commences with a few of them to gain some experience. Like @pseag says, it will be beneficial to know how much time he's willing to devote in a day.
I told him last night that he could. We are just going to do a few to start. Certainly hope that he spends a lot of time and doesn't bore of them. It would be great to have another farmer in the family.