Ethics & Welfare
Conservation is at the heart of everything we do at Eggucation.
We pride ourselves on being the ETHICAL schools hatching service. This is because;
🐣 ALL the eggs that go into our partner schools are from our own, often critically Rare Breeds, ALL on the RBST watchlist.
🐣 We are fully licensed by RBST, which means that our birds are ALL from their watch list and that the work YOU do is directly supporting them.
🐣 We are member of & have signed the RBST pledge which ensures the welfare and quality of our birds, and that we are preserving them from extinction.
🐣 These are eggs that we would be hatching ourselves and the chicks are a vital part of our breeding programmes and conservation work. None are hatched purely for our schools or events work….ALL chicks are collected from our schools at the end of the experience (if your school wishes to keep any chicks this has to be pre-arranged to ensure you have suitable breeds).
🐣 ALL chicks are grown on in warm sheds and then free ranging on grass. Most will go onto pet/breeding and showing homes – due to the quality and rarity of our breeds we have a strong demand for both males and females. Some males who are not of breeding standard will be grown on BY US free ranging as table birds.
🐣 We have an active role in the conservation of rare poultry in the UK, working with the Rare Breed Survival Trust, taking our rare poultry to shows around the country to help them promote rare breeds and raise money for their work.
🐣 Debs is on the Poultry Working Group for the RBST – this group safeguards all rare poultry in the UK by setting policy for conservation and advising government on protection matters.
🐣 We promote the breeds by showing our birds (and winning at National level!), and taking an active role in getting rare poultry into famous farms such as Cotswold farm park.
🐣 All our branches are fully inspected under the new Animal Welfare Regulations 2018, by animal health officers, and have to pass rigorous health and welfare standards to obtain their licences.
We firmly believe it is not possible to carry out a fabulous experience like this more ethically, humanely and with higher welfare standards.
Every Chick Matters!