Chicks for schools and child care
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Please email me for current prices
WHEN CAN I DO A PROGRAM ?
The Hatching Chicks Program is done over a 2 week period,
I will deliver to you on the first Monday of the 2 week period. It will take me about 20 mins to get it all set up and explain to you what you will need to do. I will then return on the Friday afternoon of the second week to collect everything. You can do the program at any time through the school year depending on availability. The earlier you book the more chance you have of getting the date you would prefer.
CAN THE CHICKS HATCH AT DIFFERENT DAYS DURING THE WEEK SO THAT ALL CHILDREN HAVE AN OPPURTUNITY TO SEE THEM HATCHING?
Yes when you book the program you can let me know what days you have different groups of children and I can start incubating the eggs at different times to coincide with the days you would like them to hatch.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
On the delivery day I will bring along an incubator and 10 to 12 eggs that are due to hatch over the following week. I will also bring the brooder box which is where the chicks will live for the following 10 days after they hatch .You will be supplied with everything you will need to care for the chicks including chick food and a supply of wood shavings for litter on the bottom of the box. I will also leave you with a book containing written instructions and educational material and lots of craft activities.
WHERE CAN THE INCUBATOR AND BROODER BOX GO?
It is best to set the incubator and brooder box up in an area of your centre/room where the chicks will be easy to observe. Not much space is required, the incubator is 30cm in diameter and the brooder box is 60cm x30cm. Both the incubator and the brooder box can be set up on a small table beside a power point as both will require power. It should be in a spot that does not get direct sunlight coming through a window as this will overheat the chicks.
WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE CHICKS OVER THE WEEKEND?
The chicks are self sufficient in their brooder box and you can leave them at the school/centre over the weekend or alternatively a staff member can leave them inside the brooder box and transport them home for the weekend.
DO WE NEED TO STAY AT HOME WHILE THE CHICKS ARE HATCHING?
No the chicks will hatch on their own. You can come and go as you please.
CAN THE CHILDREN HANDLE THE CHICKS?
Yes the chicks are not timid and they enjoy being handled gently once they have recovered from hatching. As they grow older they love to be taken out of the box for a run around. You can ask the children to sit in a circle and place the chicks in the middle, this is also a good opportunity to let the children handle the chicks while they are sitting down. You can make a temporary enclosure out of large building blocks to put the chicks in inside or outside in the warmer months. You will need to stay with them outside as they are prey for crows and currawongs.
DO THEY REQUIRE MUCH WORK TO LOOK AFTER?
No during the first week the chicks will not need much attention as they are so small, they sleep a lot and do not eat or drink very much. During the second week you will need to change the litter in the bottom of the brooder box and fill up the food and water containers daily. This is a chore that children enjoy doing.
CAN WE SELL THE CHICKS TO FAMILIES OR STAFF?
Yes you can however at this age it is impossible to know which chicks are female and which chicks are males. Rooster can be aggressive and very noisy . Before selling chicks this should be explained to the prospective buyer. Chickens like to have other chickens for company. It is better to sell the chicks in a group of 3 or 4. I have included information on how to raise the chicks in the instruction book. I do offer a rooster pick up service and more about this is explained in the information provided when I deliver the program.
“Hatching chicks has been such an exciting
and enjoyable experience. Every day when the kids arrive at school, they head straight over to the chickens, so do the parents and staff.
Thank-You for providing us with such
a fantastic learning experience"
Sydney, Illawarra and Canberra!
Hatching Chicks is a family owned business which has been operating successfully from Canberra to Sydney south and the Illawarra since 2000. Hatching Chicks brings the farm to you, giving you the opportunity to watch a chicken hatching from its shell and growing for the first two weeks of its life.
Start hatching Today!
All you have to do is make contact with Hatching Chicks and we'll do the rest. Hatching Chicks will deliver to your door and once the two week program has finished everything will be picked up, including any unwanted chickens.
FOR BOOKINGS - Call Liane on 0413 783 734
Brooding Basics 101
If you decide to keep some chickens you will find that caring for them is immensely satisfying and surprisingly easy. You can feed them your household scraps and in return you will be supplied with fresh free-range eggs and manure for your garden.