Teacher seeking info in Kansas: Please Help!

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  1. rlwt

    rlwt Out Of The Brooder

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    I am a middle school teacher and I first got interested in chickens through looking for information for an incubation project to do with my 6th graders. I am now at the stage where I am looking for Orpington hatching eggs and absorbing as much information as possible. I am hoping to convince my head of school to let the kids raise the chickens out back and sell eggs from the school as a business/biology project. I am in Lawrence, KS so if anyone has any good ideas for this project there are a few things I'm looking into now:

    1. I'm trying to decide where to purchase eggs from. Every thing I have seen so far has involved shipping and I'd love to go pick up the eggs from someone so that they do not get shaken so much in their trip here.
    2. I am trying to decide if I should purchase, borrow or build an incubator and a rotating platform for the eggs.
    3. I'm pretty sure I want Orpingtons but if anyone has a better suggestion please share what it is and why.
    4. I need to find either a cheap coop for the birds whether they stay at the school or elsewhere or I could find a plan to build one so any ideas there would be useful as well.

    Looking forward to getting some good info!

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2012
  2. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Hello!!!!! [​IMG]
    I'm in Olathe Kansas, about 40 minutes away!
    I'm sorry, I can't help you with that. [​IMG]
     
  3. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. You can try going to the Where am I! Where are you? section and post on your state's thread that you're looking for hatching eggs or look on your local craigslist. I've never built an incubator (I do have two Hovabators that I love, though), but there are plenty of incubator plans on here, as well as, coop plans:

    Incubators: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-chicken-egg-incubator-designs-pictures
    Coops: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coop_Designs
     
  5. ChickensXOXO

    ChickensXOXO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from North Carolina.

    Good luck with your project.
     
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    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Cowgirl75446 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  9. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    ChooksChick is right there in Lawrence and she might be able to help you out with fertile eggs. Don't know if she has Orpingtons, but she has a lot of cool breeds.
     
  10. vickie2133

    vickie2133 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a local 4H program in your area? They sometimes raise and show chickens, and I know order some. It may be a good thing to look into. I think you have a great idea and it would be a great experience for the kids.
     

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