We have provided you with a list of easy instructions to help care for the chicks and answer any questions you may have.
- The 7 eggs, incubator, brooder, chicken encloser, food and bedding are delivered on a Monday or Tuesday. We will collect all equipment and chickens Friday week so you will have the project for 12 days.
- The incubator and brooder will be set up in a safe place and plugged in. The incubator will be checked by Cock-a-doodle-doo to make sure everything is set to the right settings.
- Eggs should begin to hatch 24-48 hours after receiving the project.
- Once all the chicks have hatched, you must leave them in the incubator for 24 hours, this is important because they must be dry and fluffy before being moved into the brooder. Don’t worry about food and water as they get all their nutrition from the egg in the first 24 hours.
- Do not help the chickens out of their eggs as this could hinder the growth of the chickens and might even cause death.
- Carefully lift the chickens out of the incubator and place them under the heated brooder.
- Provide the chickens with water and meal, which is provided. The chickens are very curious so will find their way to the food.
- Always wash your hands before and after handling the chickens.
- If the children handle the chickens make sure they are sitting down, so as not to drop the chickens from a height. By keeping quiet and calm, it will not distress the chickens.
- If any of the chickens are going to be adopted by school or the children you can talk to us about the process.
- We will be on 24 hour call if any problems arise.
- All chickens that are not adopted are brought back to Cock-a-doodle-doo and provided with a safe home. Here, each and every chicken gets to feel grass on their feet.
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Thank you for your help and support with the Chick Hatching Programme. There was great excitement seeing the chicks hatch. Our pupils and the school staff really enjoyed seeing the chicks develop. It was a fun and engaging way to introduce life-cycles to our pupils which forms part of our science curriculum. Our pupils especially liked it when we put the chicks in a run and watched to see which one would reach their food first.
The programme is a very positive and interactive experience for everyone involved and we would not hesitate in recommending it to other schools. The support of your team was great throughout the whole period the chicks and incubator were in school. Thank you very much.
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