Chirping on the Great Lawn

Dr. Bailey’s Animal Behavior Class Brings Joy to Campus with Baby Chicks!

Guest Post by Carley Kukk ’19

Last week in my Animal Behavior class, we set out to imprint newly-born chicks. The chicks spent 2 nights with each student whether that be in our dorms or houses. Since chicks are attracted to movement and the color red, we tied a red bandana around our ankles once the chicks were adjusted to the sound of our voices. I tried to spend as much time as I could with my chick, Carter, so I held him while doing homework or in any possible moment.

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Chicks can imprint on something else after 4 hours, so it is crucial during the initial 32 hours to spend time working with them. I set up an obstacle course around my dorm room and had him jump over pillows and pens while following me. The harder the obstacle course, the stronger imprint because the chick will be focusing on you more. It was hard not to accidentally step on him! You would be surprised how fast their tiny legs can move.

At the end of the two days, Dr. Bailey held a class-wide relay race to determine the chick with the strongest imprint. My chick may have won with a time of 11 seconds… (humble brag).

Ultimately over the course of the 2 days, I was able to learn first hand about filial imprinting. I even made a new friend… 🙂 

Welcome Back!

Another Year, Another Great Set of Blog Posts!

Welcome back to Andover! I am sure for a lot of you, it has been a great summer, but it is time to get back into the swing of things!

We have a lot of great things planned for you this year! Be sure to check out one (or more!) of our amazing Science classes this year!

If you are enjoying your Science class or have a Science-related independent project and would like to write one (or more!) blog post – let Ms. Andersen know at randersen@andover.edu! It can even count as your work duty… (!!!!!)

Have a great year!