Raising chickens is a wonderful learning opportunity for kids, as well as for the entire family, for that matter!
My boys started with three eggs almost two years ago and witnessed the entire process of hatching and growth as our babies thrived. We brought home three eggs from a field trip to a farm and bought an incubator on a whim to see if the eggs would do anything. I honestly did not think they would hatch, but my boys took great care to turn them regularly and monitor the temperature on the incubator. And, we ended up with three adorable hatchlings.
One of the coolest things about the experience of raising chicks is how much my kids learned from the whole process. I have discovered some really great resources, including Chick Days by Jenna Woginrich. This book is perfect for beginners, and it walks you through pretty much everything you need to know in order to raise your hatchlings.
With tons of color photos and clear information to guide you, even as beginners,we understood the basics of chick care with this primer. I love how educational this book is and how kid-friendly it is. We have learned chicken anatomy, the anatomy of an egg, how chickens grow, the differences between the different chicken breeds, plus so much more. Really the best hands-on science experience ever!
I never thought I’d end up being a chicken mom, and I had no idea how educational the whole experience would be. We have become farmers of sorts as we’ve learned how to care for these little beauties.