My 12 year old daughter proposed this for a science fair project: Get a batch of baby chicks and separate them into two groups, giving one group lots of extra attention -- playing with them, playing music for them, handling them, etc. -- and see if the "extra attention" group develops faster and larger (height and weight) than the other group. I certainly want to encourage her interests, but I have so many questions I don't know where to start. 1. Does anyone know where we can find any research that shows the affect of attention on the growth of chickens? We've searched the Internet for hours and have found nothing. 2. Should we hatch chicks or get them one day old? Can we buy just 10 chicks? 3. How long does it take chicks to develop? Will we see measurable results within a couple weeks? 4. What's the best resource for learning how to care for these chicks properly while we have them? 5. What are we going to do with the chickens when we're done? 6. Should I be concerned about our dogs? Is this just the worst idea you ever heard of? What are we getting oursleves into?! Thanks for any and all advice.