The Chicken Scoop

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Adelyn Zoellner

Brentwood High’s chicken coop was homemade by students, functional and animal friendly!

Karaa Jones, Writer

Outside, near the bleachers, there’s a small coop that looks a bit like a barn. Something that you might not hear about our school is that over in room 130, a group of five kids are currently raising seven chickens. They are named Daisy,  Princess Leia, Fat Milly, Tall Milly, Velvet, and the Dixie Chicks. Ms. Glasgow helps out with the kids and chickens and knows all about taking care of them.

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The chickens love getting free time exploring their home and track.

First, Ms. Glasgow and the kids started to build a chicken coop, to get ready to prepare for the incoming chickens. A local hatchery had decided to donate some chicks to them. The chickens’ breeds include Barred Rock, Silkies, and Buff Orpingtons. The chicken project is part of a project called Functional Community.  It helps the kids learn about ownership.

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One of the Dixie Chicks, enjoying the grass outside the coop.

There was a rumor going around that some of the chickens ended up escaping. The chickens did NOT end up escaping. Only one did, and it only escaped to the rock bed near the fence. However, they were brought back almost immediately. But when they refuse to go back into their cages, they push them in with a purple pool noodle! Another problem that they have is the amount of waste that the chickens produce. There’s too much according to them, and they need to keep it under control. Ms. Glasglow, the main caretaker, could always use a helping hand taking care of the chickens. You can email her at [email protected]

 

The Smart Egg Company also sells eggs every Friday in Room 130. They sell them in groups of 4, costing $1.33. They’ve only sold about two dozen eggs, but the people who have bought them say that they taste much better than store-bought eggs. Mr. Sweargin said, “I ate them side-by-side with store-bought eggs, and I could tell a difference.”

Lastly, the kids and Ms. Glasgow said that they’ve learned so much from taking care of the chickens, from responsibility to learning how to run a business. They also say that learning how to build a chicken coop could be a beneficial skill for later on.  And that’s the scoop on the chickens.