“Hatching Chicks gave my children a fantastic opportunity to experience the beauty of lifes beginnings, truly amazing!”
- Lachlan Meeks -
- Lachlan Meeks -
The Hatching Chicks Program is done over a 2 week period, usually during a school holiday period. You can do the program at any other time however the earlier you book the more chance you have of getting the date you would prefer.
It is a 2 week program. We deliver to you on the Monday of the first week. It will take about 5 minutes to get it set up. You will need to watch the instruction videos under the Instructions page before we deliver and also have a table ready in a suitable spot. We then return on the Friday of the second week to collect everything.
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. Also on this website under instructions & activities there are instruction videos, educational material and craft activities.
It is best to set the incubator and brooder box up in a central area of your house 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.
If you have dogs or cats inside you will need to watch their reaction to the chicks. In most cases the chicks are no more than a curious interest to them. If the chicks seem to present an irresistible temptation to them you will need to keep them out of the same room.
Yes the chicks are not timid and they enjoy being handled gently once they have recovered from hatching at a day old. As they grow older they love to be taken out of the box for a run around the room or a scratch around outside. You will need to stay with them outside as they are prey for crows and currawongs.
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.
Doing a hatching chicks program is a great way get started with chooks in your backyard or add some new young layers to your hen house. The eggs I supply are from good egg laying strains and will be suitable to keep as layers for your backyard .
They will also be very quiet having been hand reared. If you are not sure about keeping the chicks, please read the PDF titled “Rearing Chicks & Ducklings” on the Instructions page. You can then decide during the 10 days they are at your home if you want to keep them or not. If you decide not to keep them I will take them at the end and sell them.
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. If you decide you would like to keep them you will have the 10 days to get set up to raise the chicks at home.
The chicks will not be ready to go in a pen outside for another 3 to 4 weeks so this gives you time to build a pen or buy one.