Branded Arctic Acres understands that families have lots of responsibilities to juggle. You may wish you had a way to let your children experience the magic of hatching chicks, but you don’t live on a farm or in a location that is suitable for chickens. You might also not have an understanding of all there is to chicken raising!!
That's where we come in: we give you all of the magic and none of the stress. Branded Arctic Acres has the ability and knowledge to offer a hatchery rental in the Anchorage and Mat-Su areas. Our hatching kits come with a 7-egg incubator, 7 fertile eggs, a candling light, a small brooder (with bedding, chick feed, a waterer and feeder, and a chick warmer, container), a countdown calendar just for kids, large photos of the hatching process and a handbook with everything you need to know.
To reserve your Hatchery Kit, email Trish at BrandedArcticAcres@gmail.com to reserve your dates (a $100 non-refundable deposit is required; $150 due two weeks before delivery of your kit). Please be sure to pick dates that work for your family. We fill up quickly and don't want another family to miss out if you cancel at the last minute.
Chicken eggs begin hatching 21 days after they are set in the incubator. Sometimes the hatching process can take up to 48 hours, which is tremendously exciting. Branded Arctic Acres uses Brinsea Incubators (pictured to the right), which offer a clear cover for awesome viewing. Our incubators are fully automated -- we set it up for you in your home (or classroom) if required, push start, and your only tasks are to add water as scheduled on the calendar, candle your eggs (if you want, it's not required) and marvel at the beauty of nature!
We provide you with a small booklet explaining the whole process and offer a 24/7 phone/text line should you need help or support.
Once the chicks are hatched, you may keep them for up to one week before you have the option of returning them to the farm (You are responsible for arranging transportation to the farm). You also have the choice of keeping them.
At Branded Arctic Acres, we are so in love with all things chicken that we cannot wait to share the magic with others in our community!
The cost for a 4-week rental for everything you need is $250. You'll need to pick up and drop off the kit at our farm in Palmer, Alaska. If you are unable to pick up and or drop off, additional fees may be applied.