My “peeps” and I were invited to give a chicken talk at Wilson Elementary School last week. Of course I corralled Tama and Meggie to come help me impart the joys of all things chicken to Mrs. Nelson’s second graders. They are planning to get some fertilized eggs and have them hatch in an incubator. And although I have no experience with hatching eggs, we did bring a fun and educational experience to Mrs. Nelson’s, as well as the other second grade classes. Our first order of business was to “borrow” five little chicks from our local farm supply store. I’d like to give a shout out to Robert at the Feed Lot in Pike Road. He allowed me to choose an assortment from his stock to take to the school for a live chick meet and greet.
We had a Rosie, a Violet, a Daisy and two Scarletts in the batch.
We kept Meggie and the chicks hidden in a secret area while Tama and I set up the chicken yard in the common room.
Pay no attention to the chicken behind the curtain!
I wore an appropriate uniform for the event as well.
DeNiro would be proud.
Mrs. Nelson and the Chickenlady set up the temporary chicken yard complete with hamster fence, newspaper and heat lamp.
While Meggie waited in the “wings” with her little brood of five, I read a chicken story to the class using the overhead thingy and talked about chicken-handling safety.
Nicest bunch of second graders you’ll ever meet. 🙂
I brought a carton of eggs from my fridge to show the kids the lovely colors you can get from real farmyard chickens.
After the chicken talk and picture tour of chickens, the classes were assembled in the common room for the live show.
Miss Tama operated as the official photographer and chicken wrangler, while I answered questions and pretended to be an expert.
The kids took turns holding a little chick in their hands. I think the most fun they had was when the babies pooped on the newspaper. Wow that was super funny and exciting!
Hey chicken lady, how can you tell which ones are boys and which ones are girls?
Umm…You can’t. 🙂
But by far the biggest hit of the day was Miss Meggie in her chicken suit.
This chick has some serious attitude.
Who knew kids love to hug chickens!
The pinnacle of the event was when Meggie launched into a chicken dance and the crowd went wild!
The kids joined in and a good time was had by all. Check out the young Fred Astaire on the right. 🙂
Our day at Wilson Elementary was great for these three chicks as much as it was for the kids. I think we may have planted some Urban Chicken seeds among these young farmers. At least I know some of them will encourage their parents to try out their local farmer’s market to get some of those cool colored eggs.
FCFA – Future Chicken Farmers of America
We were happy to return the babies to Robert, exhausted but unharmed.
Operation Chicken Education complete!
I want to sincerely thank Tama and Meggie for their help. I’d like to report that they lended their aid out of the simple goodness of their hearts and the desire to spread the good news about humane chicken practices, but, alas, I cannot. The price for their efforts was a good lunch at a fine dining establishment.
I can assure you the bill was not “chicken feed”!
And these chicks can EAT! Worth every penny ladies. Much obliged!