Rent a Chick
Participants take a baby chick home to care for and then return to the farm after a couple weeks.
Every spring Willow Haven orders hundreds of day old chicks which we raise for broilers and laying hens.
These cute and fluffy chicks will be available to those who want to experience watching chicks grow and develop, which they do very quickly.
Over the course of the two weeks, each will grow from fist-sized to about four times as large, and from down-covered to mostly feathered. Some may even be ready to practice flying when the 14 days are over.
You may keep them as long as you like but two weeks is normal. If you keep them past 4 weeks you will need to buy their feed from us. But be warned: A full-grown hen might weigh 7 pounds, while a rooster could reach 9 pounds. Most opt to bring them back since a lot of neighborhoods or community organizations don’t allow for full-time farm animals.
There is no charge if a bird dies in your custody.
Cost: $20 – $30. 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: Reserve now for Easter 2018.
When: pick up begins Wed. March 28 beginning at noon. On the following days we are open for pick up 8:30 am – 5 pm every day except Sunday. Or call for evening appointment.
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
What kinds of chicks are available?
- yellow chicks
- laying hen chicks – limited quantity
YES. We offered duckling for the first time last year. It was very successful so this year we bought a larger quantity to offer. 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.
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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