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onlyme14
Jan 2019 11 08:30

Happy Chicks

Hi all
The school are looking into having chicks start off in a incubator till they are chicks after that i am not sure.

Has any one has this and what are the pit falls ?

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Jan 2019 11 08:58

Re: Happy Chicks

Don't have this but my thoughts are who will clean and feed them over the weekends that you have them on site?
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Jan 2019 11 09:07

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hi my old school done this but went through a company that delivered everything needed and the once the chicks got to a few weeks old the came and collected the.
on another note i keep chickens at home they smell and attract mice and rats. personally i would make its clear you wont be caring for them. (unless you want the of course)

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Jan 2019 11 09:33

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My school has eggs delivered every year. A local company delivers everything that is needed and the staff who organised it do everything for them. They also take the eggs/chicks home over the weekend.

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Jan 2019 11 10:05

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Make sure it is done through a company who can advise you and ensure the welfare of the chicks is complied with. Can you imagine the outcry from parents if you didn't. And make sure the company takes them back or can find good homes for them to go to after.

I take it they don't want to show the kids what the end result is? (Nice with a few roast potatoes, sprouts and gravy). I left the gory bits out.
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Jan 2019 11 10:23

Re: Happy Chicks

We have the same as most of the posts above, eggs delivered every year, through a company who we have dealt with for years.
They provide everything from the incubator to the food, all i have to do i set up a table in the reception area.
The kids and visitors love it when they arrive, it becomes a big attraction for the 2-3 weeks they are here!!
As for caring for them, the staff who organised it take turns in watching them over the weekend.
For me, being the first person through the door every day, there's nothing better than arriving in the morning and seeing the first egg hatch,its a sight to put a smile on your face for the rest of the day!!
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Jan 2019 11 10:34

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Been at my school for 3 years now and we have only done this once through a proper company. when our chicks hatched though 2 out of 10 had deformities in there legs, rang the company and told them, they said they would never survive and the best thing to do is to put it out of its misery, not a nice task but it had to be done

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Jan 2019 11 11:14

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Yeah we've had them as well. As said make sure a member of staff takes them home 'cos they will have to be fed. If they hatch then they need transferring out of the hatching area. Sorry gang but they will all be males and when the school have finished with them they will be taken away and disposed of like trash. Male birds are worth jack s...
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Jan 2019 11 11:16

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You will end up looking after them as all these sort of projects do not last long and people do not want to know. [Disappointment.png] [Disappointment.png]
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Jan 2019 11 11:52

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The chick experience is an amazing experience for the children,

We did it differently. we bought our own incubator and everything. I got 20 fertile eggs and did it all. We kept the chickens and the kids love it now. Yes I look after them and I dont mind. The kids love it. Also remember about all the eggs you get from it.

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