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Chicks for School & Childcare

Hi Team at Hatching Chicks, I wanted to thank you sincerely for your professionalism and support as we took on some chick and duck eggs as part of our science unit. The Kindy students were thrilled and even though we organized the eggs for our Kindergarten students we had students and staff from across the school visit regularly for updates. Our ES1 pages in the newsletter for 2 weeks are filled with photos of the chicks and ducklings and lots of happy faces! Unfortunately, we lost a chick which was part was through the hatching process and 4 eggs did not hatch (we followed the program to the letter and all the recommendations). The three Kindy teachers (including me) were devastated but we explained this to our students before we took on the eggs and then again after-explaining it is part of nature. We know now first hand how true the phrase is "Don't count your chickens before they hatch." They were cute, a little smelly at the end (the ducklings we suspect) and provided us all with a memorable experience. We will definitely be using your company in the future and would recommend you to other school or families who are interesting in hosting the program. We are thrilled that all the chicks (5) and ducklings (3) have found homes with Belair families and know that these families will keep us all up to date with stories of their new pets.

Rozi Marsh

Assistant Principal

Belair Public School

When Can I do a Program?

The Hatching Chicks Program is done over a 12 day period.

We will deliver to you on the first Monday of the 12 day 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 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 on Different Days During the Week?

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 I get?

On the delivery day I will bring along an incubator and 8 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 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 and activities.

Where can the program be placed?

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 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.

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.

Can the Children Handle the Chicks & Ducks?

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 & Ducklings 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. Roosters can be aggressive and very noisy. We do offer a rooster pick up service HERE.

Please ensure anyone taking chicks has been given a printout of  information on this website under the Want to Keep and Raise the 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.


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