How much stress is too much?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CritterHill, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. CritterHill

    CritterHill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are having our chicks delivered next month (12 of mine, 36 for my sister which I will be watching for a few weeks for her).

    I had this crazy thought of having my daughter's preschool class come to our place for a field trip. See the baby chicks, tour the chicken coop before it gets all chickeny, that sort of thing.

    But I am wondering when i should schedule this for. I want the babies to have time to get a little sturdier before 30 preschoolers start passing them around, but I would like to have the kids over while the chicks are still fuzzy.

    Think one week old is too soon? How long should I wait before inviting the mob over?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Mob might be dangerous. LOL. I brought 2 two day old chicks, a month old, and a year old, to a 1st grade class and none of the students were allowed to touch the ones under a month old. Teacher's rules for the class. I let them hold the one month old bird though as if they dropped it, it would be fine.

    I personally would maybe let each student go line up and pet the chick while you were holding it, but I don't know if I'd let the kids hold them per se, especially en mass. Then again. I don't have kids yet and they are no where in my near future. Good luck with what ever you decide. I guess most importantly is the chicks stay warm.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Small hands don't mean to be rough but they are very rough. It only takes one too many squeezes to injure or kill a chick. I would not let them hold small chicks. Not all children are equal in sensitivity. Maybe a month or 6 weeks old would be better sized for smaller hands.
     
  4. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    What a wonderful field trip that would be for the preschoolers. I would make sure to have lots of volunteer parents, and maybe just a viewing of the chicks, not actually holding them, you could demonstrate how to hold, care for etc. Just in time for Easter too, what a treat! Have fun!! [​IMG]
     
  5. CritterHill

    CritterHill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks for the advice. Maybe I'll do the holding and just let them pet.

    The neat part is that I had a chat with out next door neighbor about having the kids come over to see the chicks and he offered to do a demo with one of his bee hives for them while they were here. So this will be the real birds and the bees trip.

    Now, if I can only convince my other neighbor to bring her miniature goats over...
     
  6. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    Nice of your neighbor! The goats would be cute too. 30 preschoolers? Wow, that is a lot in one class. There are 18 in the class here and 20 in the other.
     
  7. CritterHill

    CritterHill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is actually 2 classes, but they go on field trips together. So there are approximately 15 in each class.
     
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  9. CritterHill

    CritterHill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I did warn the teachers that if we do this, it MUST be on a sunny day so the kids can have full run of the yard and jungle gym. I am not even considering thirty 4 year olds in my house! :eek:

    We'll see. I am not committed to the chick outing yet.

    Somehow my husband roped me into going to the school to do a sabre fencing demonstration for the class this week (they are doing a unit on knights and castles and my DH thought it would be fun to do this). Well, I tried my fencing uniform on for the first time in nearly 10 years today and let's just say it wasn't pretty... [​IMG]
     

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