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Ready for school to start? Parents say yes! Students are perhaps not so sure.
For fun and to warm up those summer bird brains, we've created some fowl math. There are three levels of problems - cockerel (easier), hen (harder) and flock (most challenging).
Good luck and let Chickadoo Suz know if you need help scratching out the answers.
Click here for Warm Up Those Bird Brains!
Adventures in the chicken yard are fun and educational
Chicken Yard Tours
As winter settles in, we take a little break from Egg-Ceptional Observations Tours during January and start up again in February
Tours are available mornings and afternoons for groups up to 25. For more information contact us by email or call 281.756.0616.
Chickadoo Suz, Rooster Ron and their feathered friends will travel to your location to regale you with tales of tails and so much more.
Give a Cluck, Give a Crow
A Real Eggs-Ploration
When school group come to meet the chickens, we have fun henventing new activities.
For this Houston Heights home schoolers' field trip, we hatched a eggs-periment using goose, duck, turkey and chicken eggs.
First, each student, with some help from their parent, made an egg data matrix where they recorded the size, color, length, shape of the various eggs. Next we cracked the eggs and compared the yolks and whites. Lastly we scrambled them up and tasted the differences.
How did they taste? Turkey eggs were "smooth", duck eggs "extra yellow" and goose eggs had "a lot of texture".
Come Sing a Song with Me
As we've done in the past, we invited a total stranger & workaway volunteer to come live on the farm, help with animal care and add her voice to ours.
Once again, we've been blessed with an egg-ceptional young woman, Amy Mazur, adds her loving, compassionate energy to the farm. An aspiring singer/songwriter, Amy arrived in August for an extended stay at My Chicken Diaries.
Amy was instantly hands-on! Day and night, we'd find her hanging out in the chicken yard with the animals. Choosing Chick-A-Dee Amy for her farm name, she adds her MA in School Psychology background to our ever egg-clectic educational chicken yard tours.
More Fun & Games
Fun and games wait on pages throughout our website.
Have fun eggsploring on your own or use our game guide on Fun, Games & Holidays and hatch some eggstra happiness in your day
All games are now pop-up pdf files so you can more easily see and play them.
My Chicken Diaries
Chickens are our passion
Education is our mission
Welcome to My Chicken Diaries.
Founded in 2001, My Chicken Diaries is a three acre, family owned and operated, no-kill farm located in northern Brazoria County, Texas.
Our mission is to express what is alive in us through agri-education and service to our community. We teach children and adults about the joys of chickens and country living. We also strive to foster an understanding of the connection between the animals they meet on the farm and the eggs on their breakfast table.
Before sending eager young egg hunters out to find farm fresh eggs, Rooster Ron gives instructions and egg-finding tips.
We offer educational opportunities through hands-on, interactive chicken yard tours, community story-telling sessions, public appearances and classes. You'll also find a variety of entertaining and educational materials found on our website. Here's a quick link to dozens of games and puzzles scattered through our pages.
Our passion is in working with kids: home schools, pre-school classes, church groups, and scout troops. We appreciate the opportunity to enrich the lives of those who visit our farm, those we meet on our journeys as well as the lives of the animals entrusted to our care.
We measure our success by the smiles we hatch on the faces of our students and visitors. They are the best compliments in the world. Adding your smile just makes the world that much better.
Thanks for stopping to roost. Tell your fowl friends and chicken lovers about our site and join us on Facebook where something new is always hatching.
Rooster Ron and Chickadoo Suz
For years, parents have asked if we could come up with something specifically for Cub and Boy Scouts the way we have the Egg-Ceptional Observations patch for Girl Scouts. We thought it was a great idea!
We're please to share that Eagle Scout Rooster Ron with support from the Boy Scout Bay Area Council is now offering the NEW Egg-Ceptional Eggs-Perience BSA patch.
The last step in completing the Egg-Ceptional Eggs-perience Boy Scout patch is to tell a story about the chicken each scout invents during arts and crafts.
To eggs-plore patch opportunities for your troop or pack, please contact Chickadoo Suz or Rooster Ron through our feedback page, by calling 281.756.0616 or emailing email@example.com for more information.
EDUCATION IS OUR MISSION
There's so much that can be learned about chickens in the Egg-Ceptional Observations Classroom!
>How are chicken and human bodies the same and different?
>Have you ever held a goose or turkey egg?
>How about inventing a chicken using recycled household items?
>Did you know chickens come from all around the world
>Or that mother hens sit on their eggs for 21 days to hatch them?
Chickadoo Suz teaches a troop of Daisies about eggs becoming chicks
photo by Daisy parent, Jason Moss
My Chicken Diaries was proud to participate in NASA's Space Center Houston Earth Day education activities. Our topic - ways to keep a flock of chickens while honoring the earth with sustainable practices. We talked about using nematodes, fly-eating gnats, composting and diatomaceous earth as alternatives to insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers and poisons. We brought a variety of chicken photos, eggs and games as well as shared a few stories fresh from the farm.
Chickadoo Suz and some Q&A fun at NASA's Space Center Houston
Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Jack and his parents, Chickadoo Suz and her feathered ambassadors (four live chickens), entertained and educated the Woodrow Wilson Montesorri School's kindergarten classes. Kids and teachers touched farm eggs, pet the chickens and learned about the life cycle from egg to chick to adult. They were both great listeners and eager question askers.
If you have an event that could use a little fowl hentervention, contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep on clucking...
"If I could make anything grow on trees, it would be kindness.
Kindness feels good to both the giver and the receiver. Never can have too much of it." Suzanne
A Gobble Above the Rest!
Fluff up your fowl knowledge and gobble hardily with your friends. Turkey Trivia series posting nightly during November on our Facebook page.
Rather not travel or go out in the weather? We also offer roving chicken storytelling. Invite Rooster Ron and Chickadoo Suz to your location. Accompanied by a few feathered friends, some eggs and feathers, we'll educate and hentertain youngsters in the comfort of your setting.
Contact us for more information and available dates and times.
I believe spiritual messages take many forms...
We're often asked why we're a no-kill farm
1. The "girls" labor for years to provide food (eggs) for us and we honor their contribution by feeding and caring for them even as their productivity declines, much like society does for us. It is how we say thank you for what they've shared with us.
2. Our animals form bonds and friendships. They are part of our family and through the years, and through their lives, we collect and share stories about their lives and personalities. (You should see them snuggle Suzanne when she returns from a trip. Baby, our white turkey, crawls in her lap and sits, thus her name Baby.)
3. We are big hearted and could never intentionally take the life of even one of our feathered "children". Whenever possible we trap predators and rodents and re-home them or use other deterrents to discourage them from coming here.
4. Even medically necessary euthanasia, albeit rare, is a very difficult decision to make and and even more difficult action to take. We choose it when there seems no alternative.
5. The sacred is in all things. We strive to live in community with it, not in dominion over it.
6. There is no need to kill. There are many other food options available.
Patsy and her adopted son, Flip
Cheep Cluck Crow
Periodically, we share farm happenings and event through an online newsletter.
Our latest newsletter features the story of Patsy and Flip, a story of motherly love chicken-style.
Months later when it came time to celebrate her birthday (or hatchday as we call them on the farm), she chose an Egg-Ceptional On the Farm birthday party. Among the fun activities Taylor's birthday guests enjoyed, petting and feeding the flock, and holding the young chicks were among their favorites.
Adults have birthday fun on the farm, too! Barb Arbuckle, a Facebook fan of Lenny, the Donkey, had a "Meet Lenny" birthday party.
Barb's birthday guests had a lot of fun walking the farm with Lenny. After refreshments, they had fun with arts and crafts. It was quite a memorable on the farm birthday party.
We flap our wings in thanks to the scouts and leaders Girl Scout Troop #26053!
To complete their Junior Bronze Project, bridging Girl Scouts colorfully painted chairs for our egg-ceptional classroom.
We appreciate your generosity and creativity. Now, all who visit My Chicken Dairies will henjoy your hengaging art.
Life is good!
Happy to See Frogs
We like finding frogs in the chicken yard.
Frogs, and other amphibians, require a delicate ecological balance in which to survive. Frogs living with our animals says we have done a good job creating balance for all.
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