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Schoolyard Chickens

The Academy for Global Citizenship, a public charter school in Chicago, provides students with a hands-on opportunity to care for and learn from animals, and establishes an authentic connection to their food source.

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The Academy for Global Citizenship houses three chickens, Rosie, Daisy and Bluebell on-site in a green, rooftop coop. AGC students care for the coop, provide feed and water, collect fresh eggs, and look after the chickens' well-being.

From the official website, “The experience that the students receive from working directly with animals in the city provides opportunities to talk about animal welfare, life cycles, the food (eggs) system, and to experience childhood compassion and wonder in a very real setting.”

AGC also promotes environmental stewardship through their edible schoolyard, organic school meals, walking school bus, and solar learning lab. Check it out at


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If you ve got to have a pet chooks are great, check you re local by laws and see if you can own them and how many. The little bantams are great and not so noisy and produce a lot of eggs for the food they eat.

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