Frequently Asked Questions

What about the chicks?

What happens next?

How long do we keep the chicks?

After your chicks hatch you keep them for approximately 10 days – they are collected from you, along with our equipment, on the Friday the week following your hatch.

Who owns the chicks?

With an Eggucation project the eggs and chicks are NOT the property of the client. We strongly believe for a project to be ethical, that the Clients should NOT have the ownership or onus of responsibility for the chick at the end of the project! This is UNETHICAL as it can lead to many issues…

IF schools or parents etc wish to keep some of our chicks, not only does this have to be pre arranged at booking, but we have a strict policy of speaking with that person direct. We then make the decision regarding their suitability to provide not only for the growing birds, but their adult needs. There is a cost for the chicks, and a form that needs to be filled in by the person who wishes to keep the chicks. We then provide ongoing support to those birds by being a point of advice for the owners for the rest of the birds lives. 

Please check out our Ethics & Welfare policy for all our strict welfare guidelines. 

Where do the hatching eggs come from?

The eggs that hatch in all Eggucation settings come from our own flocks of salmonella tested champion rare breed birds. All our breeding pens are small stable flocks of birds, in uber high welfare clean airy sheds, with outdoor grassed pens. We know our individual birds well and all managers are responsible for the daily care of their birds. 

We do not use eggs from commercial hatcheries where the parent birds are kept in intensive industrial conditions. 

Please check out our Ethics & Welfare policy for all our strict welfare guidelines. 

Are the chicks happy in the classroom?

Our chicks are happy and content in classrooms. Animals don’t thrive unless they have the environment they need – clean, well fed, and correctly stimulated for their behavioural needs.  The brooder cage we provide has an electric hen – a warm heat plate they chicks go underneath when they need to warm up.  This not only is a more natural for their behavioural needs, but has a more natural day/night than using a light that is on 24/7, and uses less electricity so is better for the environment!

Our customers who buy birds tell us they are friendly and un phased by life – research has shown that birds exposed to lots of different stimuli at a young age, by handling and a varied environment,  are far more resilient to stress and in fact grow better and lead lives less stressed by every day changes. 

Please check out our Ethics & Welfare policy for all our strict welfare guidelines. 

What happens to the chicks at the end of the project?

We don’t “rehome” our chicks – we just bring them home!

The chicks are owned by us and are our responsibility. We don’t “rehome” any – every single one comes home to our managers and is grown on at our smallholdings. They are a vital part of our ongoing conservation programmes to increase the numbers of these rare breeds, promote and improve these breeds and encourage new keepers. All of which safeguards their rare genetics. Once we have collected our chicks from you, they are grown on first in a nursery shed, then when old enough they move outdoors to our rearing pens. From there we will select birds to form our show stock (have a look at our gallery pages at our winners!), our breeding stock for the following year and birds we can sell to other breeders and back garden flock keepers. 

Please check out our Ethics & Welfare policy for all our strict welfare guidelines. 

Incubator Setup

21 day program

What days do you set up?

We only set up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays – this avoids early/late hatches at the weekends.

When will the eggs hatch?

Your eggs will hatch 21 days after we set them up in your incubator for you. Therefore we only set up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays – this avoids early/late hatches at the weekends.

Incubator Setup

Quick Hatch

What days do you set up?

We set up on Mondays and Tuesdays with eggs that have been incubated at Eggucation HQ and are ready to hatch on Wednesday of THAT week.

When will the eggs hatch?

Your eggs will hatch on the WEDNESDAY of the same week they are set – an ideal package for very young children. 

Booking & Payment

How do we book?

You can either email us info@www.eggucation.co.uk, complete our contact form, or call us on 07581161233 to discuss your bespoke Eggucation experience! After confirming the dates with us via email or phone, we will raise an invoice and email it to you.

How do we pay?

You can pay via BACS or cheque. A £100 (plus VAT in some areas) deposit confirms the booking and we will issue you with your password to access our resources and risk assessment. The balance is due on or before chick collection date.

Still need help? Send us a note!

For any other questions, please write to us at
info@www.eggucation.co.uk or call us on 07581161233

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Frequently Asked Questions was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Dani Pegley