What happens to the chicks after they leave your premises?
After the chicks have left your premises they will be taken back to the farm where they will be reared for around 4 months in our purpose build brooding coops and rearing pens, in there they will learn how to forage in the grass and play with other chicks (like a chick nursery). After this, they may stay on with us and join our own flock of hens, here they will free range, lay eggs for other egg hatching experiences and live a very fulfilled happy life. For the ones that we do not keep we will sell to vetted chicken owners so that we are sure they will be well looked after, some hens are even rehomed with the children’s families who watched the experience at nursery, some are even rehomed by the nursery or care home, please read our rehoming page for more information about this.
Do you have DBS?
We do all have in date DBS’s
Do you supply a risk assessment?
Yes, we will provide a risk assessment upon request however we do advise you to modify it for your particular premises and situation.
Do the chicks not need a mother hen?
No, the chicks do not need a mother hen. In fact, most chicks that are hatched today are hatched inside incubators rather than under a brooding hen. A mother hen will sometimes neglect its chicks, this is why it is easier for us to hatch them in an incubator and take on the role of mother hen ourselves, this way we can ensure they are cared for in the best possible way.
How many chicks will hatch?
Obviously we cannot say before the experience has started how many eggs will hatch, however we will normally have a pretty good idea from our egg candling (egg baby scan) before we drop them off, so we can let you know the results of the candling before the eggs arrive and even send you pictures of the scans! We normally see around 4-8 chicks hatch in these experiences.
Is it safe?
Yes, this is a very safe and fun experience to take part in, however we do suggest that you read our keepers manual thoroughly as there is lots of useful information in there on how to handle the chicks and what hygiene measures that must be kept.