Chooks at Schools, Preschools, and Childcare Centres
Do you work at a school, preschool or child care centre and look out the window (in extensive time you get for day dreaming (not!)) and think….something’s missing here? This place is incomplete, I don’t know why. Eureka! I have it, it’s the lack of poultry!
What ho! A solution is at hand, Rentachook to the rescue!
Rentachook has supplied chooks to many educational environments, including:
- Private and community preschools
- Day care/child care centres;
- Public primary schools – Yes you can have chooks at a public school without incurring the wrath of the DoE (visions of the appearance of heavyset men in neat dark suits and dark glasses with DoE ID badges in one hand and catboxes for the chooks in the other tickles my imagination somewhat – maybe it’s just me, read on);
- High schools;
- Permaculture, sustainability, and gardening groups;
- Council sustainability festivals; and
- Even a university.
Rentachook has extensive experience in the scholastic setting and, if you call and speak to one of our trained customer service operatives, we will tailor a solution to meet your needs.
Recognise the phraseology? Some businesses spend too much time listening to PR people. Actually, we do help out a lot to make keeping chooks at school etc a success and we’ve done it quite a lot. We also have special deals for schools (we’ll use the word school to cover all the possible child care environments henceforth) in return for a little publicity within the school community.
There are three ways we generally go about it:
1. Short term
This is basically for when the school has a specific educational objective and/or a specific timeframe/duration in mind for the chooks, meaning that they will be returned. In this case, we decide dates for the chooks to be at the school (usually 4-8 weeks or so, but this is flexible) and the school buys the coop and chooks. We are happy to invoice the school, the P&C or a benefactor/sponsor, whichever you would prefer. All of the normal renting arrangements apply, see Renting for more information on how renting works. This will cost the school $100 plus delivery and pickup (if required).
2. Potential keeper
This is most like our rental return option, in that if you keep it you bought it and it is yours. All of the normal renting arrangements apply, see Renting for more information on how renting works. If the coop is returned, the deposit is refunded as per normal.
If you have a chook related need, just ask and we’ll try to accommodate. We can supply a coop for an open day or school fete, some chooks for the day for a lesson on animal behaviour, whatever you have in mind we will see what we can do.
Managing chooks at school
Keeping chooks in a school setting means that the chooks are left at the school on the weekend, and therefore in the coop. For this reason, we recommend a Midi coop to give the chooks more space. It also makes it easier to manage, as the larger coop doesn’t need to be cleaned as often as the smaller one does.
We also provide advice on options for managing the chooks during breaks, holidays etc. It is not hard as you might think.
Depending on the spot within the grounds that you have in mind, it might be a good idea to have a henrun to keep the chooks out of the students’ veggie patch or from being chased around too much by the kids (NB: the chooks won’t mind this too much and it will exercise the kids – on second thoughts this might be the reason you want the chooks in the first place – to run the kids off!).
We can supply and install a henrun for you if you would like. It won’t be child proof, but at least you will know where to expect to find the chooks.
There is a delivery charge and a pickup charge of $10 less than the delivery charge if required please see shipping options for prices. The delivery charge includes setting up and as much time as you need to answer all your questions (and build your confidence in the new venture) as well as some talks.
Alternatively, if there is someone at the school with a ute, box trailer or sturdy roofracks, they can come and pick it up/drop it off (saving the delivery/pickup fees).
All of the above is a verbose and garrulous way of saying ask, and we will help out as much as we can. Chooks are fantastic in a school setting and easily manageable. You won’t be breaking any new ground here.