This year we will be running two sessions of our popular Incubator Scheme, the 4 week sessions are as follows:
Week commencing 23rd April – 21st May 2018
Week commencing 11th June – 9th July 2018
Bookings for schools within Merton can be taken from October, for schools and groups outside of Merton, bookings will open from November. Regretfully we only have a limited number of spaces on our incubator scheme.
Watching animals grow and develop is an exciting venture, and with our incubator scheme at Deen City Farm, it’s possible to do it in your own classroom! We’ll provide you with all the equipment necessary to incubate and care for your chicks at school. What better way to learn about development and the responsibility of looking after animals then to experience it yourself!
We have a number of incubator kits that we aim to hire out across the above mentioned dates;
We provide the following equipment:
- Brood Hutch & Heat Pad
- Chick Crumb (food)
- Feed/Water Bowls
- Wood shavings for Bedding
- Fertile eggs
- Incubator Scheme handbook
Prices for our incubator scheme start from £135.00, we also offer a presentation and delivery at additional cost depending on your location (we will only deliver within a certain radius of the farm). We only offer a limited number of incubator scheme sessions each year, so it’s best to enquire early to avoid disappointment. Booking for the academic year 201/2018 opens in October for schools within Merton, and November for schools outside.
For more information about our Incubator scheme, please contact our Education Coordinator either by email or by phone on 02085 452171.
Are you interested in incubating eggs and keeping the chickens afterwards? We can also arrange for equipment hire outside of the above dates if you’re looking to keep your chickens. Please get in touch on the above details to discuss arrangements.
Thinking about incubating your own chicks?
Every year we have enquiries from groups or individuals asking us to re-home their incubation project chickens or ducks. It’s important to be aware that we are not an animal re-homing centre. Given that we already run our own incubation scheme and have the facilities to incubate our own eggs when required, we are rarely in need of extra animals to take up our already limited time, space and funds.
Ideally, we recommend you should only incubate eggs that you have the intention of keeping and looking after yourself, and remember that as well as hens, you’re equally as likely to have cockerels. At the very least, please plan well in advance and have suitable homes lined up regardless of the outcome. Year on year we see animals abandoned at the farm, not only is it a serious breach of animal welfare, but it is illegal under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to dump any animal.
As with any animal, it is so very important to do your research beforehand. If you have any questions, do get in touch.