The 12 Day Chicken Hatching Program
Egg Arrival Day
Before the eggs and chickens arrive you need to set up a table (at least 60cm x 100cm) near a double powerpoint.
I will bring everything needed to hatch out the chickens. This includes:
24 hour back up support
2-3 ready hatched chickens in a brooding box and Ecoglow safety heater
Clear view incubator with 7-8 eggs which are timed to hatch over the first week
Feeder and drinker
Bucket of chick starter crumbs
Bedding material to keep the chicks comfortable
Week 1 - Egg Hatching
On the day the eggs arrive they will start hatching. The hatching process can be observed through the transparent incubator provided. This is extremely exciting for everyone. A chicken may take up to 24 hours to hatch. Once they hatch they need to rest in the incubator for another 24 hours until they are fluffy and dry.
The chicks may then be transferred to the brooding box where they can start eating and drinking. By Friday if any eggs are unhatched they need to be disposed of and the incubator unplugged.
The chicks can be taken home for the weekend or someone will need to come in each day and check the chicks' feed and water.
Week 2 - Growing Chicks
By now all the chicks will be hatched and growing stronger. We encourage you to gently handle the chicks. This is a unique time for the children to enjoy the wonders of mother nature.
At the end of the week you have a choice of keeping the chicks or I will pick them up along with all the equipment. If you choose to keep the chicks you must keep in mind that half will be roosters and they must go to a home that has the infrastructure for chickens.
Keeping the Chickens (optional)
The chickens should always go home in groups of 3 or more as they are social creatures who need company.
If you have chosen to keep the chickens you will need to have the following for the first 6 weeks:
A box for the chickens to sleep in at night lined with newspaper and straw or wood chips
A heat source ie a heat lamp or hot water bottle wrapped in a towel to keep the chickens warm at night and on cold days
A small cage where they can run around, on grass, during the day when it is warm
A place where they can stay dry as cold rain will quickly kill young chickens
Access to water and chicken starter crumbs
Safety, away from predators. ie dogs, cats, foxes, birds such as hawks and other animals that may harm your chickens
After 6 Weeks - Permanent Care
You will need to have facilities to care for the chickens on a permanent basis. An enclosed chicken pen with access to green grass is best for your chickens. Keep in mind that half the chickens will be hens and half will be roosters.
At about 24 weeks (5-6months) old your hens should start laying healthy bright yoked eggs because they are free range.
Chicken Hatching 2 U From Wollongong and the Illawarra to the South Coast of NSW
The latest in incubator technology. The 'Brinsea mini eco' allows 360 degree vision. Perfect for little eyes to watch chickens hatching from their egg.
We use the latest in technology to keep our chicks warm. The brinsea ecoglow is clean, safe and economical. It does not have the high fire risks of the traditional heat lamp. The chicks snuggle under the heat pad and are comfy all night.