Easter 2014 – Rent-a-Chick and Dyeing Easter Eggs Last Minute!

 
We had a nice and relaxing Easter.  I was very low-key about it.  The most exciting thing that we did, was Rent-a-Chick from Rockland Farms.  
 
Rent a chick program #education #homeschool #farming
 
We decided to give the kiddos a surprise this year.  Rockland Farms offers a Rent-a-Chick for a week.  We bring two – 3-day old chicks home, and help the farm to take care of them.  We give them food, water, warmth, rest and exercise.  In return, we get an amazing experience that we have never had.  For the kids, they learn compassion towards animals, how to take care of an animal (It’s important that they always have food and water), and a larger appreciation for where our food comes from.  These are meaty chickens.  Once they return to the farm, they live for 11 more weeks.  We can then come back in the summer or early fall and purchase one to eat.  For Mom – it’s only 7 days and it’s back to the farm!  No long-term commitments or expense.

Win-win!
 

Taking Extra Precautions to Ensure the Safety of our Fuzzy Visitors

Taking care of animals is no joke.  We have to ensure for their health and safety while they are here.

  • Name the chicks.  We named ours William and Lily.
  • The chicks love to free-roam, but it’s important that they get a lot of warmth and rest.  When we take them outside, it must be in an area free of crawl spaces.  If they get into a small space, we won’t be able to get them out.  In the picture above, they are in my vegetable garden (or where the vegetables WILL go) Ha ha ha.  It seemed like a good place – but they like to escape, so they need to be watched.
  • No animals period.  Our cat, Max is just wanting to sink his teeth into William and Lily .  He stays downstairs while we have our visitors.  It’s very important to keep the door closed to William and Lily’s house room.  Cats can be sneaky.  If we take them outside, we need to be cautious of the animals outside.
  • Give them heat.  They need the warmth of a 60 watt light bulb (at all times) in a room free of drafts.  Here is our set up.

 

Rent a chick from Rockland farms.  Precautions we must take.

 

  • Decorate the box.  This is our art project of the day today.  We need to decorate their home so they feel “the love”.
  • Make sure to wash our hands each and every time we pick them up or change their food and/or bedding.  The manure can make us sick.

We are going to use our public library to read-up on Chicks.  So far, it’s been a fabulous experience for all!  I think we will do this each and every Easter.
 

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#DIY #recipe for making Dyeing #Easter Eggs with Food Coloring   With the excitement of the chicks, our Easter egg dyeing took second place.  On Saturday night, I was up looking for dyeing recipes.  Last year we dyed them by natural methods.  You can see that post here.  This year, I neither had the time or money.  However if you want to try it, plan for frozen raspberries, and frozen blueberries and strain them.  For yellow, try 2 TBSP Turmeric.   This year, we used food coloring.  I know – I know.  We didn’t have a kit, and it was the only thing I had.  Here was our recipe.

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 20 drops food coloring
  • mix

It makes eggs of very vibrant colors!  The kids wanted to mix colors – which would be an awesome learning experience – but mom vetoed that.  
 
 
 
 
What fun things did you do with your kids this Easter?
 

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  1. I didn’t know you can rent chicks. Love the idea of the short commitment. Also does that mean that the chickens we eat are only a few months old? Definitely like the idea of natural dyes but we didn’t get around to using any dye this year! Maybe next year!
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  2. I wanted to try natural dyes but was too busy…poor excuse I know. I MUST try that next year. I love the idea of renting a chick…what a great experience and lesson for you rkids.
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  3. I never heard of renting a chick!! That is so cool. What a terrific experience for your kids. I would love that – especially the giving them back in 7 days part!!
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  4. Love the idea of renting chicks! 😀 I know you can rent an incubator to hatch your own from the local 4H or county extension, but we’ve never done it because I wouldn’t know what to do with a dozen chicks once they came OUT of the eggs! What a fun, short term, experience!

    We tried shaving cream egg dyeing this year, but the results weren’t that great.
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    • Shaving Cream egg dyeing? I have never heard of that. I would be very interested to know how that works.

      I think it’s good to try things. I am sure you will improve upon the method next year!

      I hope you are doing well. I will be by your blog soon!

      Thanks so much for linking up!
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  5. What a great idea to teach children about pets without owning one. I remember watching an egg hatch under a heat lamp in my class room in elementary school. Also co-worker’s kids could bring the class pet (it was either a bunny or a gerbil) home for a week. I imagine you couldn’t do this with a dog or cat – there’d be too many tears when you had to take it back.
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    • Yes, you are right. You can get attached to a dog or a cat very easily. With the chickens, I was kind of sad for them to go – but we didn’t really have the right set up. They kept knocking their food over, so we would have to constantly watch. It seemed like every 15 or 20 minutes, we had to refill their food and water dish. Dog style dishes don’t work. Next year, we will have to rig something else.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!
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