looking for advice

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by geraldwhite, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. geraldwhite

    geraldwhite New Egg

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    A local school is putting on a play and one scene is located in a barn. I was asked if i can bring my hens on the stage to enhance the scenery. I have a couple of questions regarding this idea.
    1. How well will the chickens adapt to the stress?
    2. Can i separate my flock of 5 for a couple of hours?
    3. if i can how can i set it up so the chickens will feel the most secure?

    thank you
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I think if you can keep them in small cages, and if they are a generally docile breed, you should be okay. I'd make it clear you don't want anyone rushing up and scaring them. They might reduce egg production for a few days afterward but I don't think there'd be any lasting harm.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Can you ensure that there won't be any biosecurity issues associated with this? Personally, I think I'd decline and suggest that they opt for some stuffed critters. What age are the actors? That might make a difference. I've taken some of my birds to school before to do a presentation, but they were never out of my presence or control.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    It would be very stressful for most birds.....and may not enhance the production at all, but detract from it with squawking, pacing, pooping birds.
     
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  5. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My experience has always been, nothing good comes from taking animals to school. There a few exceptions, but for the most part, I would avoid it like the plague.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I think I'd skip it, myself, I might consider taking one of my mature, not currently laying hens if I really wanted to get someone down there. But not an active young layer, too much going on.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Some birds can do very well with 'visitations' ....but takes some 'training' and acclimation.
     

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