This is so sad...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by misskeeter, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. misskeeter

    misskeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched eggs in my classroom a few weeks back. I kept the chicks in the classroom for two weeks, then the students with permission were able to adopt them. I screened the families, spoke with parents, and tried as hard as I could to be absolutely sure the chicks were going to good homes. (I had a backup plan for any that wouldn't be adopted...)...

    I had strong reservations about one of the families because of some stories that I had heard. I spoke with the mom, who PROMISED that the chick would be very well taken care of. They were going to keep it at their house inside for a week, then it was actually going to a family friend who keeps chickens...

    The students came back from spring break today, and the student I was worried about came to me and informed me that the chick lived for ONE DAY when he took it home, because his dad got annoyed at the cheeping and tossed it outside, where it was promptly eaten by the family dog.

    I'm SOOO upset. I made that mom PROMISE me that she would make sure it stayed safe in the box where it was warm with the heat lamp, and no little hands would handle it unsupervised. ... UGH!!!

    I may never let students adopt chicks again.

    I did have two families that adopted two each that have built coops in their backyard and spoiled the new chickies rotten... I'm going to have to focus on the happy happy homes and the newbie chicken families to keep from being completely turned off of doing this again...
     
  2. Kay1993

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    Ugh that makes me mad [​IMG]. Someone should check on that family's animals, can't imagine how they're being treated. I'm sorry you have to deal with that... especially since you were trying to do something nice [​IMG].
     
  3. Gallinaceous

    Gallinaceous Out Of The Brooder

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    That is so awful! I'm so sorry. At least it went quickly...
     
  4. Misstwixler

    Misstwixler Out Of The Brooder

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    I can't imagine how you must feel. The poor little chickidy :( It's a scary thought to hear there is someone that mean in the world.
     
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh my gosh, that is beyond horrible. Have you spoken with this family? i wouldn't be able to not inquire further. I am seriously at a loss for words at such cruelty.
     
  6. LiveVintage

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    Things like this make me more conscious of how I show my daughter how animals are treated.
    That's just disgusting and I'm sorry it happened, but next time (if you do decide on a next time) follow your gut, it rarely steers you wrong.
     
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  7. CedarAcres

    CedarAcres Sunny Side Up

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    Wow, that's horrible! I don't understand how people can treat animals that way.
     
  8. misskeeter

    misskeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really wish that I had trusted my instincts on this one. I was so hesitant to let one go home with them. I am SO sad that I was right. :(

    I got into an argument with a friend of mine, because I told him this story and his reply was, "so what.. it's just a chick"... [​IMG] I was pretty ticked off with that response... are you KIDDING ME?!
     
  9. Lestagechicks

    Lestagechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! So sorry this happened to you and to that poor little chick :(
     
  10. misskeeter

    misskeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was the favorite of all of my students too... they were all pretty angry and sad.
     

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