Teaching a class about urban chickens and could use a little help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Casey09, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Casey09

    Casey09 Out Of The Brooder

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    ok so i have to talk for about 30 minutes about raising chickens in the city. its part of a series (ones on garden, ones chickens and ones near zero waste household) and i finished the other classes but im stuck on chickens. it shouldnt be this hard but im like you feed them and clean the coop, they poop and lay eggs and thats about it! lmao but i need at least 15 slides since i have to talk for half an hour
    so far i have:
    2.Why Chickens (instead of sheep or goats)
    3.Pros
    4.Cons
    5.city laws
    6.Keeping chickens on a budget
    7.Breeds
    8. resources (ill include websites including byc and books from the local library)

    does anyone have any ideas for topics i can include? my brain is fried between the holidays and classes starting monday plus i got the crazy idea to volunteer to teach these 3 classes starting thursday....

    **edited because my spelling was terrible...told you my brain is fried lol
     
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  2. iluvpeeps

    iluvpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you could do a part on what you can give chickens to eat and what's posinous to them[​IMG]
     
  3. Casey09

    Casey09 Out Of The Brooder

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    oo thats a good one. i will add that in!! ill make it 2 slides and just type big lol. too bad i cant just put chickens eat everything...mine to they even ate all the seedlings i planted for flowers.....
     
  4. iluvpeeps

    iluvpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hahaha you could also do something on coops like how to build them and how much space each chicken needs
     
  5. Casey09

    Casey09 Out Of The Brooder

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    totally using that too. im up to 13 slides total now :)
     
  6. iluvpeeps

    iluvpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you could also do sections on diseases and predators
     
  7. Brandi Leigh

    Brandi Leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    As a history buff, I am always interested in learning about heritage breeds and the importance of preserving these breeds for bio-diversity! Hope your lecture goes great!
     
  8. Casey09

    Casey09 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll throw in some history when I cover the breeds but my group won't be into much more than that.
     
  9. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    If you want to interest them, put what benefits chickens could give to them:

    Talk about how chickens are easier, cheaper, and more productive to keep and raise than any other live stock animal.

    If you live in a hot place, put more heat tolerant breeds in your breeds slides.

    Add how eggs from their backyard are healthier than store bought, include the different colors of eggs that each breed lays.

    Include that you dont have to have a big coop in the yard to keep chickens, a small pen will do

    You could also have a slide or two about how meat chickens and and battery cage egg laying hens are treated in big companies, so they know that keeping chickens in the yard is better and not cruel.
     
  10. Casey09

    Casey09 Out Of The Brooder

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    ya the heat tolerant birds are what im focusing on. i am going to throw a slide in how industry birds are treated but i have to keep it pg so ill just go into light details. if anyone asks more questions ill try to answer them in the most kid friendly way possible lol. its not FOR kids but it is at a family education class. i plan on bringing my 2 chicks in that i have and have lots of pictures of my big chickens. hopefully the girls will be laying again by then so that i can bring in an egg from each one to show the difference in the eggs. sadly the babies will not be laying their eggs will be the coolest but it will be fun to show off the chickens. this month is about my garden so i have a little time to figure out my chicken slides which is good since most of my knowledge is stuff ive picked up and put into practice rather than completly retain every detail lol
     

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