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Rent a Chick Program

Posted 3/7/2017 8:56pm by Reuben DeMaster.


Announcing the 'RENT-A-CHICK' program.  

You get to care for two newborn chickens in your home for as long or as short of a time as you want.  Here are the details:

You come to the farm to pick up your chicks.  I will have them ready for you on Wednesday , April 5.  You will receive a box, two chicks, and a small bag of feed.  You take the chicks home and provide them with food, water, and heat.  They may be carried around and handled but try not to drop them.  When you get tired of caring for them, you bring them back to the farm.  If you need more feed, I will refill your supply one time.  There is no risk on your part.  We haven't lost any chicks for a few years but occasionally young chicks don't make it. 

As the chicks grow, they will be able to fly.  You might need to get a larger box or place a cover on top or just return them at that point.  

Young chicks need to be kept warm.  They prefers temps at 80 degrees or more.  This is best accomplished with an incandescent light bulb placed over their box.  On sunny days the sun will be enough to warm them.  If the chicks huddle in a corner you will know they are cold.  

The cost for this program is $20.  Payment may be given when you pick up.  You may reserve your chicks online by clicking here.  You may pay online using paypal or just pay when you pick up the chicks.  Keep reading for more details.

Details

What: Willow Haven Farm Rent-A-Chick program.

When: beginning April 5

Cost: $20. Participants can rent two chicks for two weeks, watching them grow from hand-size to about four times larger. Teachers, schools and families are common participants.

We Provide: A box, 2 chicks and two weeks' supply of food.

You Provide:  a food dish, fresh water in a water dish, and a warm, protected place for your chick box.  Warmth may be provided by an incandescent light bulb set up near the box. 

Availability:  Beginning on April 5, 2017

Where: Birds must be picked up at the farm, 7686 Herber Rd, New Tripoli, PA and returned to the farm thereafter.

Reservations: Use our website Online Store.  Because we are offering more choices and this Program is quite popular we need to use modern tools to keep track of your order.  You may pay online or when you pick up your chicks.  RESERVE HERE

How do I keep the chicks warm?
       Newly hatched chicks like to be kept warm at about 80-90 degrees F.  You will want to put a light near their box to shine on them and keep them warm.  You may put a thermometer in the box to check the temperature if you are concerned.  Another good practice is to shine the light on part of the box.  The chicks then can go closer to the light if they are cold and move out of the light if they are too hot.  How can I tell if they are too hot? The chicks are as far away from the light as possible and panting.  How can I tell if they are too cold?  They are as close to the light as they can get, are huddled together and shivering.  As the chicks mature they do not need to be kept as warm as they begin to regulate their own body temperature.

 What kinds a chicks are available?
        yellow chicks
        dark chicks
        ducklings
        laying hen chicks

Duckings? Really?
    YES.  This year we thought it would be fun to let you try raising ducklings.  If you thought chicks were cute wait till you see the ducklings.  Everything is the same for the ducklings, except you will also want to provide them with a small dish of water to splash in.  They also are more active than chicks which means that they will fly sooner.  You will need to find a way to keep them in the box. 

Can I buy egg layers from you to start my own backyard flock?
     YES.  We have barred rock chicks who will grow up to lay brown eggs. If you are ready to raise hens, this is the easiest way to get a couple to keep.  You will adopt these permanently and not bring them back to the farm. You will be responsible to provide their food and shelter as they mature.  They will be ready to lay eggs in 20 - 22 weeks.  


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