Information about 2022's offerings through our Animal Care program will be updated on February 15th.
In March of 2020, we created our animal program to give kids the opportunity to remain connected to our animals despite not being able to gather on the farm. We are beyond excited to continue the program this year. We believe that this program fits perfectly with our desire to support children in gaining a sense of belonging to the world and the farm through building connections with animals and nature. Our program gives families the opportunity to experience having an animal in the home and explore whether long-term animal ownership is right for them.
Programs offered in the past:
Hatch and Care program:
Have you ever wanted to see a chick hatch? Here’s your chance! This program comes with fertilized eggs, an incubator, and everything you need to care for the chicks once they have hatched . Eggs are incubated for 21 days, hatch, and chicks stay in your home for ten days. You are welcome to extend their stay if you’re not ready to say goodbye. Incubators and eggs are available on March 15th, April 24th, and June 5th.
Hatch and Care Program with all equipment (30 day program): $175( Members $150) Hatch and Care Program with own equipment $100 (Members $75)
Chicks without the waiting period! Chicks arrive with a brooder and everything you need to care for them for ten days. You are welcome to extend their stay if you are not ready to say goodbye. Chicks arrive on April 15th, May 26th, and August 10th.
Chick Program with all equipment (10 day program): $125 (Members $100) Chick program with own equipment: $60 (Members $40).
Bunnies have a gift for teaching us trust and respect. The bunny program places a pair of rabbits in your care for a minimum of one month. We choose not to do shorter stays due to a bunny’s need to feel safe in it’s surroundings. A month gives the bunny an opportunity to settle into it’s new home and it’s relationship with you. We will send you home with two rabbits, an outdoor hutch, and everything else you need to care for it. In order to ensure that the visit is positive for you and the bunnies, we require an application. You are welcome to extend your stay past a month if things are going well! Bunnies will be available on April 15th.
Bunny Program with all equipment (31 day program): $200 (Members $175) Due to limited amount of rabbits, we do not provide discounts for any equipment you may already own.
This program is for those really looking to dive into animal husbandry. Goats can be wonderful companions, but offer their own set of challenges! We ask for an application to make sure that this is a good decision for your family and to ensure that your location can provide what they need. If accepted into our goat program, a farmer will deliver goats to you as well as support you in setting up the included fencing, housing, and other equipment. We offer discounted rates for people who already have goat housing and fencing equipment. We do not lease baby goats separate from their mothers.
Goat Programs (thirty day minimum) range from $280-$545 a month dependent on equipment needed and membership status.
All of our programs include support from farmers when needed. We are glad to answer all your questions and guide you through any challenges that may arise. Our literature should answer quite a few questions, so make sure to read the pamphlets on animal care.
We recommend that you have a conversation with your kids in advance to gauge their interest level and commitment. From there you can discuss family commitments around their care, create realistic goals that set your kids up for success without overwhelming them. Think through how you want to manage the workload and what supports your kids find encouraging. Remember that it’s easier to establish and enforce expectations when they are discussed and understood in advance. Be clear of what you expect from your kids, and what you are willing to support. For example you might be as excited as they are about the animals and be willing to split chores 50/50 with them, or you might have them take on all daily chores, but be there to support weekly bedding changes and cage clean out. Or you might do chores together the first few days, supervise their mastery and give them independence as they prove their skills (watering can be particularly challenging). If chore charts work well for you, implement one. If it works better to take things day by day, do so. If you create consequences, such as early return of the chicks if your kids aren’t participating in their care, please enforce them. We are here to support you, even if it means taking them back for a few days while you sort out your systems.
In programs where you provide your own equipment the farm still provides food, bedding, support, and an incubator for the Hatch and Care program.
On Death and Loss
Working with living things exposes us to the possibility of loss and death. It is one of the most difficult aspects of pet care/ownership. Though we sincerely hope that it is not part of this experience for you, it would be irresponsible of us to pretend it can’t happen. We have prepared the following pdf to help you consider this aspect of pet care as an opportunity for growth for all involved. Reach out. We are here is you need us. Michaela@newvillagefarm.com, 802-338-0116.