Eggs are available for purchase from the front office - All donations provide special feed for the chickens $3 half doz.
With great thanks and appreciation to The Lavender Family for all their time and hard work that was put into building our Chicken Coop and to The Leader Local Paper for making it possible.
The coop is designed into 2 fox proof sections with wire meshed floors and corrugated panels that are dug deep into the ground. The main housing ensures that the chickens are safely locked away on weekends and overnight . The mesh walls of the coop allow sunshine in and the solid walls provide protection from wind and rain. Two steel security doors are the only access into the coop. The other section forms a chicken run, where they can stretch their wings, relax in the sun and enjoy a dust bath.
To help reduce our schools carbon footprint, the chicken coop was built with as many recycled materials as possible. All of the metal sheeting was salvedged from the old school shed, the timber crates were once used as shipping containers, the chicken lay box was recused from an old chicken farm that had closed down, the gates came from a recycled wreckers yard, the chicken perches are from fallen trees & their water dish rests upon an old tree stump. Inside the chickens lay boxes we use all the shredded paper from the office.
We have 6 Hy - Line Brown chickens which are very friendly. They were chosen for their easy going nature and adaptability towards their environment.
Our chickens like to eat a special formula that is designed to give them all the nutrients they need to keep them strong, healthy and off course lay eggs!
They also like to eat catapillars, slaters and snails from the veggie patch. The students are allowed to put these through the mesh wall and watch them scratch and forage for them.
Chickens like to take dust bathes, they like to ruffle their feathers with dirt which helps to keep them clean and free from mites. They like to lay in the sun and sleep.
They like their home to be a quiet place where they can relax and not worry about loud noises, this is why our garden is a 'QUIET AREA" so as not to disturb their health and wellbeing. They get frightened from loud noises and banging.
They lay their eggs in the morning between 7am and 10am and like it nice and quiet so they can concentrate.
When collecting Eggs they are to be kept in recycled egg cartons in the GREEN THUMBS FRIDGE located at the ART ROOM DOOR. Eggs may be purchased by a donation and these funds will help continue to buy the special food that they need.
The Environmental Team take care of the chickens, help and show students what do and what not to do and to report any reasonable issues to the principle or GREEN THUMBS (Amy & Jade)
Their important jobs include:
1. 20 litre water drum cleaned and water changed 2. droppings, paper and hay are to be scooped up and put into the WORM FARM. 3. shredded paper is to be collected from the office and placed into the clean lay boxes, with any spare amount of paper put into the open air compost or worm farm.
Students are required to wear gloves at all times when cleaning the coop.
ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER HANDLING A CHICKEN OR BEING INSIDE THE COOP (and check your shoes for poop!)