oh, we don't have a chicken coop! in fact, i've never been around chickens in my life until we joined 4-H. i grew up in atlanta and have never even been near a farm unfortunately. we now live in a small town outside of charlotte, and the 4H program here is awesome! you can join a 4-H club, but we choose to participate as independents. i just pick up a dozen fertilized eggs from my local 4-H every spring (and quail in the fall). the program is free & is called the "embryology program". we have an incubator (bought used for $20, but you can get a loaner from my 4-H as well). we care for the eggs for 21 days & then keep the chicks (or baby quail) for a week or two before returning them back to 4-H. returning them is the hardest part, as they are so incredibly sweet. you should check your local 4-H and ask if they have something similar. my 4-H has summer camps, sewing instruction, animal care, etc. they also have a TON of awesome booklets for free to study animals, do projects, etc. we love it! the natue books i mentioned are really awesome! if we find a frog, see a bird, or a lizard, etc. you can look it up and read about it. we use them all of the time in the spring and summer.
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1/25/10 at 2:41pm