Friday, September 30, 2016

Lessons From Our Flock

When asked "Why do you have chickens at a school?", I can give several answers. Our poultry program has been at our school for the past 4 years. They continue to be the highlight of farm visits during school and after school. Chickens teach us how to care for animals. They teach us about cycles. We have rules and procedures in place and the kids learn why those are important. Our flock teaches us many life lessons as well. Chickens have a pecking order or a boss of the coop. They also have one that is at the bottom of the order, who is picked on. Think- Sibling order.., its the same with chickens. 
Here are some thoughts that were created from observing feathered friends.
Fine feathers don't mean you can fly.
Don't count your chickens before they've hatched
Chick flick
Caught with egg on your face
Rule the roost
Top of the flock
Quit your squawking 
Fussing like an old hen
Wake up with the chickens
Fly the coop
Yolks on you
Feather your nest
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
Mother hen
Madder than a wet hen
Stick your neck out
Ruffle your feathers
Bird brain
Strutting your stuff
Bad egg/Good egg
Being "chicken"

This week we learned about many chicken terms, body parts of chickens, breeds, egg colors and characteristics of our flock. Our 6th graders learned about marketing and the power of words. They can talk to you about "cage free", "free range" and "pasture raised" eggs. If you want the best eggs for your family, they have the answer and the reason.

Check out the different combs that are represented in our coop. We have a Rose Comb, Pea Comb and Single Comb. Pretty cool science lessons!

 Stop by and see them for yourself. You will be in love too!

Ask your kids about their farm lesson this week. It was great!

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