Hi all -
I've been a professional performer and magician for years. I'm considering adding a chicken production to my act (my family and I have also wanted chickens as pets for years!).
Don't worry - the production box is roomy, safe and comfy. The safety, security and comfort of the chickens are my primary consideration!
My question is about timing. I perform a weekly show at 9:30 PM. The chicken would be produced shortly after I go on stage, and then (preferably) sit comfortably on the side of the stage for several minutes, until she is needed for a "mind reading" effect.
Will being awake/woken up this late stress the chicken? (There will be gentle training for a few months to work up to the issues of being on stage - noise, lights, etc.) I want my girl to be safe and comfortable, but also not sound asleep while I need her to work!
After the effects, she could either sit and relax on stage or I can move her backstage. She will then ride home after the show and be back in the coop around midnight.
I haven't gotten the chicken(s) yet because I want to make sure it's the right thing for them. Any thoughts?