Seeking "Chicken Encounter" for my Chick-a-Holic daughter, Pgh PA area

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Suellyn, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. Suellyn

    Suellyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2008
    SouthWestern PA
    I hope I don't sound crazy here, but figured (after much research!) that this is one group of people that may be able to help (or at least understand..).

    My soon-to-be 4 yr old daughter is an absolute NUT for chickens. She loves them, is obsessed with them, sleeps with "Sunshine" chicken (toy!!), and has pictures of frizzles, silkies, jersey giants, etc., etc. all over her room. She will bypass lions, tigers, monkeys, etc., at zoos, in favor of talking to chickens.

    She will be 4 on Nov. 18th, and needless to say, it will be a "Chicken Theme" party. Found some cute games, activities, and favors, BUT - and I know this is probably a long shot - the chance to visit with some live chickens would be a dream come true for her.

    I am actually an animal care professional, certified veterinary technician working as a full-time Zookeeper (mainly primates, not chickens!). I would never ask for, or tolerate, a situation that would cause undue misery or stress to any animal. What I am hoping for is a few pet chickens, who are used to being near people, that wouldn't mind a visit to my house for an hour or two. Kids would be monitored and permitted only controlled, gentle interactions..probably one or two at a time would be best.

    I will be happy to pay for transportation expenses, and a reasonable fee for your time. Plus free birthday cake [​IMG].

    I have a LARGE kennel cab crate, and a fence-style pen (approx 6 feet around, and about 3 feet tall) that I can easily set up for you if you want.

    Her party date/time is still somewhat flexible, either Sat Nov 15 or Sun the 16th, afternoon or early evening is probably easiest. I will need to set time & date in next few days, though. I live in a safe neighborhood, about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh, and will be happy to provide you with any info you need/want, if you are interested.

    Please post responses here, or feel free to email me, use "chickens" as the subject, so I know it's not junk mail.

    Thanks so much,
    Suellen S.

    PS: Yes, I will probably be a future suburban chicken Mom, but I want to fence in my back yard first, to keep dogs out. Maybe this spring.
  2. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I live to far away to help you out, but I hope you find someone. I share your daughters birthday [​IMG]
  3. Morning Dove

    Morning Dove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    Try craig's list if no one here can help...

    Good luck finding a friendly chicken to visit your party! My son is trying to talk me into brining one of our chicks to school for show and tell..but not until they are older....

  4. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    I'll ask the obvious before 20 other people ask it:

    why not get a few backyard chickens of your own? [​IMG]
  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
  6. Suellyn

    Suellyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2008
    SouthWestern PA
    Thanks, all... I will keep my fingers crossed & keep looking, but like I said, I know it's a long shot. There is an "exhibit farm" not too far from here, so I know I can take Sami for a visit to the chickens out there...she will sit & hand them little pieces of grass thru the mesh for as long as I let her.. soooo she will get her "chicken fix" one way or another!!

    There is also a really neat "Farm Vacation" bed & breakfast in Avella, PA, where you can stay over, have a big farm-style breakfast, then the kids get to "help" with the farm chores, including feeding the chickens and collecting eggs.

    Maybe if (ok, WHEN) I end up with a little flock of my own, I will start a chicken encounter service of my own... some fluffy little silkies as ambassadors for the species.[​IMG]


    PS: Happy b-day in advance, Sara.... Maybe Nov. 18th makes people born under a cosmic "chicken star" or something... it's destiny [​IMG] !! haha

    UPDATE: I think I am going to re-set the party date to the weekend AFTER the 18th... Saturday Nov 22ond from 3:00-5:00 looks like my best option, based on the schedules of the guests/her cousins.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2008
  7. Leah-yes I know I'm crazy

    Leah-yes I know I'm crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2008
    Skidway Lake, MI
    Wow this sounds like fun. Were I closer I'd pull my tractor over for the day. but the best I can do is wish you luck and Happy Birthday to Sara!
  8. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Your little girl sounds EXACTLY like me at that age. I was obsessed with chickens in elementary school, and now I am 26. The obsession doesn't go away. Ha ha!

    I am from Michigan, so I can't help you with the live chicken, but I thought I would suggest looking around on this site for some pictures of chicken-themed cakes and cupcakes. There is a member here who decorates cakes and made some very cute chicken ones; perhaps she will inspire you for the party! (If anyone else knows where those pics are at, feel free to post a link to that thread!)
  9. Suellyn

    Suellyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2008
    SouthWestern PA

    Well, due to circumstances beyond our control, my poor baby's party had to be postponed (AGAIN!!) 'til this weekend!!! Luckily, 4-yr-olds aren't very good at reading calendars, so I was more upset about it than she was...

    On a VERY, VERY exciting note, I found some chickens to visit for the day!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]

    A very nice BYC member, who lives nearby saw my post & is loaning me 5 chickens of various breeds. You peeps are awesome! I am telling Sami (my daughter) that I am setting up a coop "for decoration", she thinks I am putting some of her toy chix in there, wow is she going to be excited to see the real thing instead!!!![​IMG]

    In the meantime, I have been looking at & reading about chicken breeds until my eyes cross... it's addictive!! Plus trying to find people within driving distance that may have a FEW hatching eggs (4 or so?) for me to buy... I'm probably not going to hold out until spring if I find something sooner, in a breed I like. Guess I'll be posting on other links to look into it, also need to know how people have managed wintertime "house chickens" [​IMG], what they did until it was warm enough to acclimate them to an outdoor coop...

    My hubby is going to strangle me, but I think he realizes that it's inevitable.. and anyway, I can make a FIERCE omelette, he'll get over it! [​IMG]

    Thanks, all!! Suellen
  10. aiwetir

    aiwetir Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2008
    portland, or
    i know there are some members in sw pa on the board and i think a breeder just south of pgh, maybe near perryopolis or something. i've also heard there's a big swap meet at the fayette county fairgrounds.

    do a search on the board for pittsburgh, uniontown, i'd say washington too, but that would turn up all kinds of results. anyway search for member posting from that area and i'm pretty sure you'll find what you are looking for.

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