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Day-Old Chicks (Sales To Children)

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 1 April 1943

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asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been called to the sale of day old chicks to children who do not know how to feed them properly so that a large percentage of them die; and whether, in the interests of poultry-keeping and of the proper treatment of these birds, he will consider, the desirability of suggesting to local education authorities the issue through teachers of a warning to children not to purchase these young birds?

I understand from my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture that the Domestic Poultry Keepers Council have advised against the purchase of day old chicks by domestic poultry keepers, who include schoolchildren. I trust that my hon. and gallant Friend's Question and this answer will help to bring this advice to the attention of local education authorities and teachers.