Chickens in a classroom?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jcraven, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. jcraven

    jcraven New Egg

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    I teach agriscience in a suburban setting near KCMO. I am very excited about getting kids opportunities for hands-on experience and FFA/4H show opportunities and think chickens might be a good fit.

    I am really limited on space at my school. My big question (and it may be a dumb one): Is there any way possible to raise a few bantams in a classroom setting? Too dirty/smelly/noisy?

    Any suggestions and ideas are greatly and sincerely appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. bald k9

    bald k9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes/Yes and Yes but i think it cold be done if you keep up on cleanliness! But I would think about who will check on them over the weekends??? Pros and Cons!!!!
     
  3. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    Michigan
    If they are both hens, maybe on wire floors? People let ducks walk around their house, so chickens may not be so bad if caged and cleaned.

    It would be an oppurtunity for the FFA'ers to step up to the plate! [​IMG]
     
  4. PureFluff

    PureFluff Out Of The Brooder

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    Plus you can buy little diapers for them too. XD
     
  5. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
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    Quote:Then your big buff teenagers will be able to dress them everyday, with a dreamy look on their face, maybe stroll through a pasture filled with pink flowers? [​IMG]
     
  6. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    I have my birds in my classroom quite often and I also do hatching in there. I don't keep the birds in my classroom for long periods though, not for the sake of the students but for the birds. They need fresh air and places to dirt bathe and scratch around. When they are in my classroom I have a large cage for them made out of PVC pipe and chicken wire, it's like a small tractor. I put up the link for some Instructables on another thread that might help you.
     
  7. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    Only if you can build a pen outside the classroom window so they can get out in the fresh air, scratch about, etc. during school hours - as much as possible, basically, then home on weekends with you.

    Former teacher, here [​IMG]
     
  8. jcraven

    jcraven New Egg

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    Could be a deal killer. Don't have budget for Pampers.
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If you could get a small bantam, such as a pair of sebrights, they should be no messier than a pair of large parrots. You can use a rabbit J hopper for feed, and a 32 ounce water bottle for water. This way you can leave for the weekend and they will still be ok. They do smell a bit, but if you don't give them too many treats (loose stool potential), and keep up after them, it isn't that bad and I think can be done. However, check with the school, since I know some don't allow classroom pets.
     
  10. jcraven

    jcraven New Egg

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    Thanks for all the helpful information!
    Would bantam Orpingtons, Plymouth Rocks, Australorps or Wyandottes be too big?
    What kind of "Coop" setup would you recommend? Would an indoor rabbit hutch w/wood chip-lined dropping tray work?
     

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