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Students Learn From Birthing Centers At Houston Livestock Show

Today at the Houston Livestock Show, turnout was school children on field trips.


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School-aged kids get lesson on chicken hatchery

Reliant Center was bustling with people looking to buy anything western. This woman with Western Traditions says everybody wants a cowboy hat.

“Most people will ask you what they think will look good on them, so you offer them suggestions. But I’m a very honest person; I’ll tell them if a color doesn’t look real good with their skin color, whatever. But there isn’t too much that doesn’t match everybody. Black is our most popular though. Everybody wants a black hat ’cause black goes with everything.”

Forget black when it comes to kids dressed in western attire. Their cowboy hats came in many different colors.

This group came from Fort Bend ISD. Evelyn the Rodeo gatekeeper says since it was noon, it was time to eat before seeing the animals.

“They let them eat first and then after they eat, they’ll go into Reliant Center and let them see the animals and the chickens hatching and the little birthing centers.”

Another student group already inside was watching the chickens hatch. Teacher Farzeen Mehta from DeAnda Elementary near Hobby Airport says her students were glued to the birthing pens:

“We’ve talked about them in class and now they’re actually gonna get to see the real animals. They saw chickens hatching out of the egg, so that was real interesting for them.”

Hernandez: “What do you think they’ll get out of this experience?”

Mehta: “Just looking at livestock and how they’re raised and how they roam around and how they interact and see them giving birth, how they’re born.”

Bigger crowds are expected over the next couple of weeks as school districts let out for spring break.

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