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Show and Tell?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JenniferC, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. JenniferC

    JenniferC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi y'all,

    So my daughter wants to take our chicks to show and tell. We only have 2 and they will be a little over a week old. We are getting some more chicks in a week.

    I told her I'd ask "adults on the internet"- that's you guys- if it's OK and talk to her teacher.

    My plan was this- I would take the chicks to school at the very end of the day for her show and tell, I'd put a hot pack or hot water bottle in the brooder with them and take the whole brooder to school, with the lamp. No kids would be allowed to pick the chicks up. Each child would be allowed to pet the chicks with 1 finger- one kid at a time.

    This might be too ambitious of a plan, and I'm wondering if I'd still stress the chicks out too much. I can't imagine going to the school would be too stressful if they are still in their habitat, but the noise and movement generated by 26 kindergarten kids might be overwhelming for them.

    Should I say she can't do the chicks for show and tell? I want to be nice mommy, but there's a limit.
     
  2. chcknrs

    chcknrs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd wait till they were a little older. By the time you talk to the teacher and make all the arrangements, they might be about 3 weeks. That might be a little better.
     
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    I honestly don't know if it's a good idea or not. I'd be concerned about the kids giving the chicks germs. I'd certainly have the kids all wash their hands before and after touching any chicks.

    Stressing the chicks is a huge concern but if you are keeping them in their own 'home', keep them covered so they feel safe until it's time to show them. It would be just like when they are shipped in the mail - and we all know they aren't loved and taken care of like you will when being shipped.

    Finally, I have eight children who all held all our chicks every single day for months when we got ours last year. We taught them how to properly handle the chicks and had no problems. It would be a great lesson for the other kids to learn about taking proper care of a pet/animal.
     
  4. JenniferC

    JenniferC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, a big concern for me is that the classroom has no running water. They have plenty of hand sanitizer- but I don't know if that works as well or not. I suppose talking to her teacher would be very helpful so I could iron out the details.
     
  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    I have had this battle every week for the past 3 weeks! Cheyenne wants to take Sandy for sharing time. I told her maybe next week I would bring Sandy to the school and let her show her off.
     

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