Buster - I arrived too late at the last POOPS to see the processing demo. Thanks for your input. Now that I know how it went, I need to reassess what's possible. I process all the birds we eat here at home, and because my husband is not in a position to help (psychological barriers due to tenderheartedness), I made an assumption about who might not be able to emotionally process such a demonstration. This requires more thought.
Allbreeds - I think a petting zoo is a great idea, but it's not allowed under the rental contract. Our rental of the barn is only for poultry and waterfowl. Pigeons, turkeys, and caged birds are okay, but bunnies, goats, and cows are four-legged animals, so we can't host them in the barn during our poultry event. I know the kids would love it, but we'd have to be on private property with different insurance considerations. I'm putting your suggestion into a file so that if we every have a location where this could be included, I'll know who to call. The petting area at the Tulsa Zoo is the first place my grandkids want to visit when we're at the zoo.