Tairua Chicks

So my kids are naturally very interested in all the things I get up too, whether creating stock for a market, embedding shells and insects in resin, casting concrete or mould making, and unfortunately some of those things they just cant participate in.

My daughter said “I cant wait til I grow up so I can play with resin” ; )

So I’m encouraging them to create their own business. There’s just so much practical lessons to learn; researching, accounting, success rates, mark up, profit/loss, biology, genetics, environmental conditions, marketing…

We used to have chickens. It was a constant struggle to keep them in our property. I was always chasing them around the neighbours yard and fixing mesh to the boundary.

Then there is the poo. Its everywhere!

We were fortunate enough to have a broody hen, so without my husbands knowledge, the kids and I ordered some fertile eggs, and swapped them for the ones she had laid and was sitting on. 21 days later to my husbands surprise we had 4 tiny chicks hatch! (out of 8)

The kids knew from the start we were not going to keep the chicks, but to sell them (after taking them along to Pet Day of course!)

We did this once more before we decided the poo just wasn’t going to be appealing to the occasional BnB’ers that we host, so the flock was quickly sold on, at $20 a chicken.

So spring is near, and we Coromandel inhabitants get pretty clucky, so in anticipation of the free range egg rush, the kids are starting a small business, and will attempt to hatch chicks using an incubator!

I explained to them that from the profit of selling some of my resin creations, instead of reinvesting in resin, I was going to invest in them, and that they had $183 to start Tairua Chicks

They had to research how to hatch chicks, find the best incubator, purchase it online and record their accounting. Next was the chickens. Whether to purchase mixed eggs or a particular breed. They opted for a x breed of Araucana x shaver, hoping to gain chicks producing a interesting coloured large egg.

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Unfortunately we learnt our first lesson on the arrival of the incubator; to receive the incubator before ordering the eggs! The incubator stated that it housed 12 eggs, but on inspection we could see that our 12 rather large fertile eggs were not going to all fit in the plastic frame, that enabled the vital automatic rotation of the eggs!

Dilemma: To manually rotate the eggs at least 3 times a day, use the frame and discard half the fertile eggs or to quickly get online and purchase a second incubator (at $109!)

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So here is Angus, doing the morning shift ; )

Another thing we didn’t quite think about, was its the start of the school holidays!

So we have to take the eggs with us! We package them up in an egg carton, pop them in a box surrounded in tea towels and a wheat bag.

I’ll be very surprized if we even get one chick outta this lot, but we will see in 10 more days!

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