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Rentachicken for schools?

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Olipop Tue 19-Jul-11 18:52:19

Hi, I read somewhere (can't remember where) about a company that rents out chickens to schools and takes them back in the holidays. Google isn't helping (I ended up with 'Rent - a - German'!!!).
Anyone have any ideas?

Olipop Tue 19-Jul-11 19:34:21


Grockle Tue 19-Jul-11 21:44:24

Ooo, I'd love to let my chooks to schools - what a good idea!

Grockle Tue 19-Jul-11 21:44:32

But no help, sorry!

UnSerpentQuiCourt Tue 19-Jul-11 22:19:53

There certainly are companies who supply, at a great cost, fertile eggs and an incubator, and then take the chicks if the school doesn't want to keep them.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 19-Jul-11 22:21:59

You know what they do with the chicks when they take them back?

Olipop Wed 20-Jul-11 06:24:15

They aren't chicks..full sized hens. They take them back during all holidays and then return them. They also offered help with their care and curriculum based worksheets etc. See, I read it in detail but obviously not the wretched website name!!!!!

Hassled Wed 20-Jul-11 06:30:07

Omlet. Implies they'll help get you going, but I can't see a reference to taking them in the holidays. You'd probably find at least one parent/teacher/governor who'd take them, though, wouldn't you?

VivaLeBeaver Wed 20-Jul-11 08:18:46

Sorry, was referring to serpents post about the eggs and incubator.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 20-Jul-11 08:20:40

faverolles Wed 20-Jul-11 08:28:05

Viva - I rent out an incubator and supply fertile eggs etc. Any chicks hatched come back to me after one or two weeks, I then rear them on. Males are dispatched. Females are brought on to POL then sold to be backyard chickens, or I keep them until I can find a suitable home. Nothing goes to auction, as who knows where they would end up.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 20-Jul-11 10:55:05

Favorelles, that's good. I've heard some of the companies cull all the birds Inc the females which I always thought was a shame. I can understand culling the male chicks but was sad that the girls are getting culled when they could be brought on and sold.

UnSerpentQuiCourt Thu 21-Jul-11 22:38:27

Faverolles, considering the price that chicken go for at our local chicken auction, I would assume that it is mainly to people who take it pretty seriously (£7 - £25 each.)
I had wondered about taking in a broody and some eggs ... but don't fancy having to go into work at the weekend.

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