When Can We do A Program?
The Hatching Chicks Program is done over a 2 week period. We will deliver to you on the first Monday of the 2 week period. It will take only 5 minutes for us to set up. You are required to watch the instruction videos before we deliver and have a table ready in a suitable spot. We will then return on the Friday of the second week to collect everything. You can do the program at any time through the year depending on availability. The earlier you book the more chance you have of getting the date you would prefer.
What Do we Get?
On the delivery day I will bring along an incubator and 10 to 12 eggs that are due to hatch on the following day. 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 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. There is Instructional Videos and a PDF version that can be downloaded under Instructions.
Where can the program be placed?
It is best to set the incubator and brooder box up in a central area 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 x 30cm. 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.
Can the Residents Handle he Chicks?
Yes the chicks are not timid and they enjoy being handled gently once they have recovered from hatching at about two days old.
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 only takes a few minutes.
Can we Sell the Chicks to Family and Staff?
Yes you can. If you sell them your centre keeps the money and we recommend $5 each, or you can give them away 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. We do offer a rooster pick up service and details and cost of this service are outlined in the PDF mentioned below. Please ensure anyone taking chicks has been given a printout of information on this website under the Instruction page – PDF “Rearing Chicks & Ducklings” before they have made the decision to take chicks home. Chickens and Ducklings like to have other Chickens or Ducklings for company so we recommend selling them in groups of at least 3 or 4.
If you would like to know more about what happens to the chicks after they are picked up from you please see “Chicken Welfare” on this website.