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Keeping Chickens

Keeping Chickens

Introduction

Your teacher will assign you to read one chapter from A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens. Read that chapter and then answer the questions on this sheet that correspond with that chapter.


1. Why Chickens?

List 3 things that chickens need to live.

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List 4 chores that need to be done every day.

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Choose your favorite place to find out information about chickens and explain how to get information from that place.

Favorite Place: _______________________________________________________

How I would get information from that place: ____________________________________________________________________

List 5 parts of a chicken from the picture on page 11.

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2. Choosing the Best Chickens

List 3 criteria people use for choosing a breed (type) of chicken.

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Choose your favorite breed from the “Top 10 Breeds for Kids” section on pages 18-21 and list 3 characteristics of the breed.

Favorite Breed: _______________________________________________________

3 Characteristics of My Favorite Breed:

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List 2 good things and 1 not-so-good thing about keeping a rooster.

Good thing: __________________________________________________________

Good thing: __________________________________________________________

Not-so-good thing: _____________________________________________________

3. Finding Your Flock

Name one way to get chicks and one advantage for getting a chick in that way.

Way to get chicks: _______________________________________________________

Advantage: _____________________________________________________________

List 3 behaviors of a broody hen.

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List 2 chicken-friendly vines to use for building a chicken fort and 1 toxic vine to not use.

chicken-friendly vine: ____________________________________________________________

chicken-friendly vine: ____________________________________________________________

toxic vine: _____________________________________________________________________

Look up “toxic” in the dictionary and write the definition here. 

“Toxic” means: _______________________________________________________

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4. From Chick to Chicken

What is a brooder? ____________________________________________________

List 3 things a brooder needs.

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From pages 40-41, choose one age of a chick and list what you can expect at that age.

Chick’s age: __________________________________________________________

What to expect: _______________________________________________________

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5. Making a Home for Your Hens

What is a coop? What is a run?

Coop: ______________________________________________________________

Run: _______________________________________________________________

Choose your favorite style of chicken coop on page 45 and list 2 advantages and 1 disadvantage of that style.

Favorite style of coop: __________________________________________________

Advantage: __________________________________________________________

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Disadvantage: ________________________________________________________

List 3 characteristics of a good nesting box.

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List 3 predators to guard your chickens from. Which of these predators would be found where you live?

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Predator where I live ___________________________________________________

6. Feeding Your Flock

What are the 3 things that chickens require to take in?

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List 4 parts of a chicken’s digestive system from the picture on page 55.

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Choose a dietary supplement from page 57 and list one way that it helps the chicken.

Supplement: _________________________________________________________

How it helps: _________________________________________________________

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List 3 things you should never feed a chicken.

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7. The Excitement of Eggs

When are chickens the most productive (lay the most eggs)?

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What does the bloom on an egg help prevent?

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What is molting? List 2 snacks to add to the chicken’s diet during the molt.

Molting is: ____________________________________________________________

2 Snacks_____________________________________________________________

Why does a chicken sometimes lay eggs without shells?

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8. What To Do With a Sick Chick

List 3 signs that your chicken may be sick.

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List 4 things that a basic chicken first-aid kit should contain.

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Choose 1 baby chick problem or 1 common chicken problem and give an example of how to help the problem. 

Problem: _____________________________________________________________

How to help the problem: _____________________________________________________________

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9. Handling, Training, and Playing With Chickens

What is a bacteria carried by chickens that can make people sick? What are 2 things not to do when handling chicks or chickens?

Bacteria: _________________________________________________________________

2 Things Not To Do: ________________________________________________________

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List 3 steps in taming a chicken.

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Choose a chicken behavior and describe what it is.

Behavior Name: ______________________________________________________

Behavior Description: __________________________________________________

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10. Chickens in the Garden

List 3 sprouts to grow that chickens love to eat.

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Choose 1 way to supervise a chicken and describe how to do it.

Way to supervise: _____________________________________________________

How to supervise: _____________________________________________________

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List 3 green materials and 3 brown materials that can be added to a compost pile.

3 Green Materials

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3 Brown Materials

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