What We Do Schools & Groups Incubation Vauxhall City Farm are offering schools and nurseries the chance to incubate and hatch eggs in their own classroom. This is an exciting 4 week project and a great opportunity for children to learn about life cycles and take responsibility for the animals in their care. We provide all the necessary equipment and expertise to help you provide a unique, curriculum linked learning experience in your own classroom. Supporting the national curriculum By incubating and hatching chicks pupils gain hands-on experience of life cycles and the characteristics of living things. They will understand the needs of the growing chicks and learn to treat them with care and sensitivity. Although the project supports many aspects of the science curriculum, education sessions and worksheets can also incorporate literacy, mathematics, art and design and citizenship. How much does it cost? The project costs £330 for schools within 5 miles of the farm. Please contact us to discuss availability, if you are outside this radius. Your school will receive: Chicken eggs and set up of all equipment including incubator, brooder, heat lamp, bedding and feed. Two 25 minutes education sessions in your classroom, two weeks apart, tailored to age and ability. Support in the event of any problems or worries. Full instructions and a resource pack, including worksheets and activity ideas. Collection of all equipment and chicks at the end of their stay (Friday of the week they hatch in.) If you wish to keep your chicks for longer than the end of the week in which they hatch, please let us know when you contact us to discuss this! When does the project start? Incubation projects are available in February/March, April/May and June/July. Please contact us for a full list of dates. Sessions run Monday or Tuesday. How long does the project last? The length of time needed to incubate eggs differs depending on what you are hatching. Chickens take 21 days. The chicks will stay with you for the week in which they hatch, before we pick them up. If you are returning the chicks yourself, you can keep them as long as you would like. What birds will we hatch? We recommend chickens as they don’t take too long to incubate and are easy to look after. There may be opportunities for you to have duck eggs instead at certain points in the year. Please contact us for further details. We will let you know which breeds you are hatching when we bring the eggs as these may vary, depending on what is laying at the farm. Where do the eggs come from? The eggs will have been laid by our own chickens living at the farm or sourced from another responsible breeder. Can we come and visit the farm afterwards? Of course! We encourage all schools and nurseries to visit the farm and see all of our animals. If you really like the idea of having chickens in the school we can help you get started with that, too, so you can enjoy the fresh eggs and educational benefits of chickens every day! We try and fit in as many schools as possible but spaces are limited so early booking is recommended! Contact us to make a booking or for more information download the full incubation flyer. Go back to Schools & Groups or find out what else we offer!