Taking 3 week old chicks to school for a day

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ducks_rcool329, May 17, 2011.

  1. ducks_rcool329

    ducks_rcool329 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello!
    So this s week my bio teacher asked me if I could bring in chicks and ducklings for a day while we study Birds. I'm planning on doing it. The chicks are 3 (4?) weeks old, but they are bantams so they are rather small. Any suggestions? Thanks!!
     
  2. AZSummer

    AZSummer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How fun!!

    Bring baby wipes, paper towels, and hand sanitizer if you're going to let the kids hold the birds. Nothing grosses my kids out faster than being pooped on. Usually the other kids look on and laugh until they're pooped on too. They now put a paper towel in their lap if they're sitting and holding a bird. The baby wipes and hand sanitizer are for the kids before and after they touch the birds.

    I don't know how many birds you're brining in or how old the kids are, but, if you're in an urban area, chances are the kids have never touched a bird. The kids will probably be really excited. Ensure you have enough adult supervision so your birds don't get hurt. (My DD just reminded me a few days ago she'd never touched a bird until we got ours a month ago.)

    Take in any pictures you have of the same birds over the last 3 weeks so the kids can see how things change. Heck, you might even remind the teacher to bring a digital camera or bring one of your own. It will be an exciting day for all!

    I hate to even say it. CYA. Get a statement asking you to bring the birds in. Make sure their insurance covers you or get your own for this visit. You don't want your good deed turning bad because one of the kids gets 'bird flu' in the next few weeks or if one has an allergic reaction to birds. It doesn't matter what is true (ie your healthy birds didn't cause the issue). Parents are not always rational, and they can make your life hell in the process. Taking this one step further, heaven forbid, if a bird is injured or worse, are you prepared to deal with it and not blame the child? Will the school reimburse you for your vet expenses or a replacement? I'm sure nothing bad will happen, but I'm one of those prepare-for-the-worst people because you never seem to deal with the worst if you've prepared for it.
     
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  3. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! I take our chicks and full grown chickens to our daughter's school fairly frequently and I agree with all that AZSummer suggested. We also bring a tarp for the floor to keep all the poo in one place. I usually have the kids sit in a circle around the tarp to keep the chicks in on the tarp. If you are going to have them exposed to several classes, have one class pet one chick and then use another for the next class to minimize stress...AND have them (the kids) ALL use sanitizer on the way out the door! Have fun, they LOVE seeing the chickens!
     
  4. ducks_rcool329

    ducks_rcool329 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are freshmen in high school, we aren't in a real urban area, kinda of rural/ urban mix. Thanks for a all the tips!!
     
  5. AZSummer

    AZSummer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah. Well that's good. I was picturing 30 five-year-olds trying to hold a bunch of little chicks.
     

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