Three years ago, I started my flock with "teenaged" chickens. I didn't want to kill a helpless chick and thought it would be better to start with more established girls. Since I've done well with caring for chickens, and because the egg laying is terribly slow, I've decided to start a new flock with day-old chicks. I'll be keeping the chicks in my classroom at school in a large box. My question is probably overly personified, but... how will the chicks know how to act like a chicken unless they are kept around an older chicken for imprinting? Should I bring one of my older girls to school too, or would she eat the chicks? Thanks for your answers and knowledge!