Crystal Grooms
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This project is a collaborative effort between Agriculture & Soil Chemistry, Animal Science, English Language Arts and Mathematics. The project culminates in a commercial chicken cooperative operation on the school grounds. This project can be utilized to lay the groundwork for building a laying hen operation to return funds to the agriculture program. If space is limited, the project can be done as a hypothetical and built out of Popsicle sticks.

In Animal Science, students learn the basics of laying hen production including selecting birds, production practices, egg development and evaluation.

In Agriculture & Soil Chemistry, students will evaluate the effects of livestock production on the environment including soil, water quality and waste management as well as discuss nutrient deficiencies in livestock projects.

In English Language Arts, students will e-mail the school board to receive permission for the project, evaluate local laws and regulations surrounding chicken production, compare production methods and discuss sustainability.

In Math, students will discuss perimeter and area in regards to a chicken coop, balance chicken feeding rations and perform thorough cost and profit analysis of the project.

This unit is brought to you be Crystal Grooms (Ag & Natural Resources), Sarah Warren (Ag & Natural Resources), Jarrett Black (ELA) and Carrie McCoy (Mathematics) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Lead Trish Valceschini.


Industries / Pathways
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources Agriculture & Natural Resources
K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
  • Mathematics
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Chicken Production Co-Op Project

Hen Reproductive Physiology Lesson (CTE)

Egg Layer Production Lesson (CTE)

Selecting Birds Lesson (CTE)

Egg Development & Evaluation Lesson (CTE)

Nutrient Deficiencies in Chickens (CTE)

Livestock Manure and Water Quality (CTE)

Livestock Waste Management (CTE)

Soil Management Project (CTE)

Can you sustain Sustainability? (ELA)

Cage or Free Range? (ELA)

Chickens are Against the Law? (ELA)

Can You Even E-mail? (ELA)

Chicken Coop Co-Op: Perimeter and Area Blueprint (Math)

Chicken Feed: Using Percentages to Calculate Mixtures (Math)

Which came first, the Chicken or the Egg - Costs and Profits (Math)

Chicken Waste: Volume and Dimensions (Math)