When I met David, owner of Hatch a Chick and Quality farms and he told me about his business and asked me if I was interested in hatching eggs and taking care of chicks, I thought, well okay. We didn’t have any pets so I thought it would be a learning experience for my daughter.
Hatch a Chick has been operating for more than five years! They go to libraries, schools, retirement homes and neighborhoods like mine to teach people about the process of hatching a chicken from incubation to the hatch, to taking care of chicks until they become laying hens or roosters.
Dave brought over my eggs, incubator and everything I would need to hatch these chicks! It’s pretty simple and straight forward. We would have to fill up the water every one to two days and make sure the incubator was plugged in. That I could do! Then Dave explained what would be happening inside the egg and how many days it would take until we could ‘candle’ them, which means looking inside the egg to see the development (or lack thereof, oops, some don’t) and we also got to see the chicks eye! The process of this stage was easy enough that you could still go away for a night and not have to rush home to add water. If you are thinking about getting your own Hatch a Chick these are some things to consider about the whole process. Dave pretty much sets you up with everything you need from pre to post hatch. When they are newborn, they can live anywhere in your home, in a large container. A heat lamp provides them with the warmth and comfort they need at this early stage. A self-filling water feeder is also a key part of the chicks first needs.
Back to the waiting. We had to wait for 21 days from the time we got the incubator. But the process was fun! There were things we did that David wrote down for us, so we had things to look out for and count down to.
Finally, hatch day! It’s not as sudden and surprising as it sounds. Actually, from the first little crack in the egg shell it took another eight hours for our first little one to be born!
She was wet, slimy, eyes barely colored yet, still blinking away and walking around over the other eggs in the incubator. You can’t let them out until at least 24 to 48 hours of being born. They still have to wait inside the incubator. Then, just like magic, the next day she was fluffy, healthy, alert and fresh! Super cute little peep! (Chelssie Baker).
At Quality Farms, we provide a unique hands on learning experience to schools, early learning centres, retirement homes, home schools and community programs. Our chicks are certain to be a hit, with opportunity to incubate, hatch baby chicks and watch them grow! For more information phone 250-258-7818, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.thecluckstopshere.ca or find us on Facebook.