I’ve said it before, and I’l say it again:
We. Love. Chickens.
Really, we do.
And now? We love chick hatching.
Not only do we love backyard chickens, but we also love the teeniest of tiny chickens.
We love chickens even before they’re for real ‘chickens’ and while they’re hanging out inside the ole eggy-egg. Chick hatching.
We love chick hatching.
Chick hatching is super-fun for kids and families, and there’s a local business here in the DC Metro area that allows you to bring chick hatching to your home, school, daycare, wherever.
The very same company who brought us our backyard chickens last summer brought us a chick hatching program this winter: Rent a Coop.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Chick Hatching–Fun for Kids and Families:
Really, when I say the chick hatching experience was fun, I mean it.
It was so much fun, it was nuts.
Maybe because this winter was the longest, coldest, most difficult one in a long time, or maybe because my kids are at a really great age (10, 8, & 6). Maybe because we haven’t all seen chicks hatch for years (or ever!), or maybe because chick hatching is just plain cool.
Whatever the reason, we loved this experience.
Fun facts about our chick hatching experience:
- We lost power during our four weeks, and in order to keep our egg incubator at 99.5º F, we had to take our eggs to a neighbor’s house and then drive them to another friend’s house after the first neighbor lost power.
- Our eggs’ temperature dropped to 80ºF but all seven eggs hatched!
- One chick died shortly after hatching, which sometimes happens.
- We hatched two Copper Marans, Rhode Island Reds, and White Rocks chickens. They were all beautiful.
Check out a few more of our chick hatching photos:
Huge thanks to Tyler from Rent a Coop for making our chick hatching experience so easy.
He rolled on up with our brooder, two baby chicks, and our seven precious eggs, along with everything we needed for the whole four weeks.
The experience was so much fun for us all. I’d honestly do it every year.
Just like before, Tyler quickly and patiently answered my wide range of insane texts:
He celebrated with me when they began to hatch, and he calmed my nerves when one chick died (sob!). He’s great.
Check them out on their Rent a Coop site. Follow them on their facebook page. Follow them on twitter and instagram–and tag them on your own pictures of chick hatching or backyard chickens.
Grab the 8-page Chick Hatching Record
The chick hatching record is actually an 8-page document with the 28-day chick incubation record and pages with eggs so that children can draw what they see inside each egg.
Do you want to hatch chicks at home but need some supplies?
I found these chick-hatching items on Amazon:
- egg incubator
- fertile eggs (I have never tried these–but they have positive reviews!)
- chick brooder
- actually, anything from Rent a Coop below would work!
fyi: This is an unsponsored post, but our family was given the opportunity to try our hand at raising baby chicks and hatching chickens for four weeks in exchange for sharing a bit about Rent a Coop. As always, my opinions are all my own, influenced only by my personal experience as a parent and educator–and, of course, my three little chicken-loving littles.
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