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FAQs

What's in the rental kit?

  • PDF hatching guide with videos

  • Reliable incubator with auto turner

  • Fertile eggs (chicken or quail)

  • Candler (to see chicks in the egg!)

  • Brooder box (chick home)

  • Warming plate for chicks

  • Brooder box bedding

  • Feeder and waterer

  • Chick starter feed

  • Comprehensive curriculum

  • And get phone/text support!

What happens each week?

Your Hatching at Home Guide will walk you through what to do each day and provides supplemental educational activities and resources. Here are the weekly highlights:

WEEK 1: Candle eggs, start incubating

WEEK 2: Candle eggs again to see developing chicks

WEEK 3: Watch your chicks hatch!

WEEK 4: Care for your chicks and watch them eat, drink, sleep & play

Can we choose what kind of eggs to hatch?

Yes. Our incubators fit seven chicken eggs or twelve Japanese quail eggs. Let us know at checkout which kind you would like to hatch.


If you are hatching chickens and plan to keep them, you can choose from our list of available breeds. Just let us know at checkout which kind(s) you'd like to hatch.

 

What do I need to do if I plan to keep my chicks?

If you want to keep your chicks, you will need to be prepared to care for them after you return your hatching rental kit. You can either rent a brooder kit from us or get the following items: ​

  • a big box (a cardboard watermelon box from the grocery store or a plastic bin with high sides)

  • a warming plate or heating lamp to keep your chicks warm. Quail need heat until they are at least two weeks old and chickens need it until they are about six weeks old.

  • a chick feeder and waterer

  • chick starter (chickens) or game bird chick starter (quail)

I am in a homeschool group. Can we share a rental?

Yes, families can go in together on a rental. We can invoice each family separately.


However, please keep in mind that moving the incubator before hatching can harm the developing chicks. So we recommend leaving the incubator in the same spot until the hatch is complete.


Once the chicks are moved into the brooder, they can be safely moved to another household, as long as the chicks are kept warm during the move.

I am a classroom teacher. Can I rent a hatching kit?

Yes. Please contact us once you have written permission from your principal (or a vendor application from your school district). We can invoice your school or district or invoice you directly.  Our included curriculum is customizable to your classroom needs.


Things to consider:

 

To ensure a good hatch rate, your classroom temperature should not go below 50 degrees at night.

Once the chicks have hatched, it's a best to take them home to care for them over the weekend.

 

You have the option to keep your hatched chicks for yourself, your students' parents, or anyone who can responsibly care for them.

How do I obtain my hatching kit?

Hatching kits are available for pickup from one of our farm locations:

  • North Highlands

  • Shingle Springs

 

Pickups take place on Sundays, alternating between our two farm locations.  During the order process you will be asked to select from one of our farm locations for pickup as well as select the start date for your experience.  We will confirm these details with you during the order process.

We may be able to accommodate different pickup dates or deliveries (additional fee; within the greater Sacramento / SF Bay Area); please contact us prior to ordering to submit your request.

Can I select the breed of chicken for my hatching kit or chick rental?

Maybe.  While we have a number of wonderful chicken breeds at our farm, unfortunately we can't always accommodate special requests.  We will do our best but we are at the mercy of our hens, roosters and mother nature.  

I already have all of the equipment needed to hatch and care for chicks.  Can I purchase the guide and curriculum separately?

Yes.  Our extensive hatching guide and comprehensive curriculum is available to download for $25.00.  You can learn more here:

Can I use vouchers from my homeschool program

Maybe.  It depends on the program.  We happily work with homeschool programs to fit within their voucher use criteria.  Some programs require that our kit NOT include eggs or feed with usage of the voucher, these items are provided separately.  Please see our