Your Nanny McCluckins Chick Hatching Experience

You will come to one of our convenient locations and meet your local Nanny McCluckins Chicken Whisperer.  At this time, you will pick up your kit and ask any questions that you may have.

Once you get home, you can pick your favourite spot to set up the incubator. You will want to pick somewhere that does not get a lot of temperature fluctuation and a place where everyone can see into the incubator to catch the hatching!

Now is the time to care for the environment that you have created for your eggs.  You will monitor the temperature and the humidity and using the provided calendar you will make any necessary adjustments.

Watching the growth and development in the egg is amazing and it is the perfect time to jump into the educational homeschooling curriculum that we have created!

This is a simple and very affordable add-on that we highly recommend.  It covers all the core subjects and will give your kiddos something to focus on while they eagerly anticipate the arrival of your baby chicks, quail or ducks!

Hatch day is approaching! Think Christmas morning excitement as you wake up and run to the incubator and see if you have any babies waiting there for you!

Once your hatchlings have arrived you will want to keep them under special care in the incubator – the “CHICKU” as we lovingly call it – for a minimum of 24 hours.

This is the safest environment for your babies as they continue to absorb their yolk sac, dry off and fluff up as well as get nice strong legs.

They also let all their brothers and sisters know that it is time to come out and join the world.

Now it’s time to celebrate!  Hatch day is your chick’s birthday so have fun with it!  You can throw a little party. Have a fun photoshoot. Take your chicks outside into the yard. Spend time bonding and even teach them tricks.  Yes – tricks! Birds are VERY smart!

This is such a fun thing to do so share your experience on social media. Your friends and family will be very excited to see what you have been up to!

Don’t forget about that curriculum that you were working on.  Your newly hatched birds will be growing and changing daily. Make sure to document all that you are discovering and learning along the way.

As you are getting closer to your baby chicks’ moving day, we invite you to prepare your children by looking into what family farming in your city or community looks like.

Understanding how agriculture works in your area is pretty cool.  Did you know, that just outside most city limits there are numerous small, family farms?

These farms provide many of the fruits, veggies, EGGS and other protein sources that you find at your local Farmer’s Markets.

When you take part in a Nanny McCluckins Chick Hatching Experience you are helping local egg farmers feed their families…and maybe yours too!

It is your baby chick’s graduation to farm life! 

It isn’t a time to be sad, although goodbyes can definitely be tough; but instead, a time to be happy for them!

After you return them to us, we carefully transport them back to the farm that they were laid at.

It’s where their mom and dad are as well as all their brother and sister birds. It’s a place where they will be very well-loved and looked after.

Nanny McCluckins Chick Hatching Experiences IconNanny McCluckins Chick Hatching Experiences

103-4712 13 Street Northeast, Calgary

4.9 198 reviews

  • Avatar E U ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    We did the duck hatching experience this year. It was so rewarding to watch the embryos develop inside the eggs via candling. 4 of our 6 eggs hatched and we had the joy of watching our ducklings grow from newly hatched babies to strong … More "teenagers" each with a unique personality. They would waddle behind us through the house in a little group with their webbed feet plopping on the ground and peeping adorably. Nanny McCluckins provided all the equipment we needed along with food and bedding and a water dispenser and detailed instructions for each stage along the way. The only thing I would change would be to request a lot more bedding. We ended up needing to buy a bunch more. It was hard to say goodbye to our sweet little peepers when they headed back to their home farm.
  • Avatar Lynda S ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    We just gave back our chicks yesterday after completing our first Nanny McCluckins experience with chicken eggs. My kids, aged 10 and 7, and I had fun setting up the incubator and checking on the eggs according to calendar. We weren’t able … More to see much in 3/6 eggs when it was time to candle them because they were brown/green. We were so surprised to come home the day before scheduled hatch day to find that the runt who my daughter named Little, had hatched. We also got to witness the hatching of another chick - very cool to see! My kids enjoyed setting up the bin and transferring the chicks over, and of course playing with them and watching them grow over the last week. They named each of the chicks.
    I would say this experience was a valuable educational opportunity for my kids to learn about life and death. Unfortunately, one of the fully-formed chicks did not hatch, and Little the runt passed away on Day 6 after the other chicks had sat on her overnight. My daughter and I tried to nurse her back to health but it was too late. My children were very upset but we discussed how natural animal instincts lead to the survival of the fittest.
    The Nanny McCluckins team was available to answer my many questions via text and email. Overall, my children and I enjoyed the whole process and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a unique at-home science experience 🙂
    One suggestion I do have for Nanny McCluckins is to organize the instruction booklet with more sub-headings. There was a lot of information to review and sometimes cumbersome to find pertinent information on multiple pages.
  • Avatar Miki S ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Hatching the chicks with Nanny McCluckins was such a great experience! Meeting Julia was easy and she was very friendly and informative! When one of the chicks had problems hatching, I texted her late at night but she still responded to … More this anxious chick Mama! With her kind instructions, I was able to save the chick and turns out she is the biggest and fluffiest one that hatched! It was very rewarding and my kids loved the experience as well. I would and have already recommended Nanny McCluckins to my friends and family! We will probably do another one in the near future!
    Thank you for a wonderful experience!
  • Avatar Krista Williscroft ★★★★★ 12 months ago
    We love the Nanny McCluckins experience so much we did it for a second time. First with quails and this time with chickens. Both experiences were great. Hatching the chicks brings you closer to nature and nothing beats a chick snuggle. … More The baby birds are very gentle and social and easy to care for. 1 week with the chicks is the perfect amount of time to get to know them before they are ready for the farm. Nanny McCluckins is very helpful, always responding to all of my questions promptly. Highly recommended!
  • Avatar Kristen Younie ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Absolutely amazing experience. Highly recommend it to everyone! We bought it as a Christmas present for our niece and nephew as we like to promote experiences over materialistic items and they were absolutely engrossed in the project. … More They checked on their chicks and the calendar every morning and night, it was the highlight of their day. It’s super important for kids to see the life cycle of something, even if some chicks “don’t make it”. We even needed to call the number regarding a hatching chick and the woman answered and was very professional and helpful. This is something everyone should do and was even so much fun for us adults! Very worthwhile experience
  • Avatar Lesley Noland ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    What an incredibly unique experience for our family! We started with 5 eggs, 2 hatched, 1 wasn't strong enough to hatch, 2 did not form at all. It was a great lesson for the kids of the circle of life. Beware it is hard to give … More them back, they are adorable!!!! Highly suggest it for all ages! Thank you Nanny McCluckins
  • Avatar Maureen Khallad ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    What a wonderful positive experience for my preschool children. So much learning. . We’ll be back next spring to do it all again. The staff were efficient and the instructions were clear. I loved that the equipment needed was all in one … More package. Just one observation. We needed more food and the water bottle for all our ducklings wasn’t large enough. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity.
  • Avatar Lindsay Markin ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    One of the best experiences my girls have had! They loved every step of the hatching process. First thing they do when they wake up is check on the chicks, last thing before bed is say goodnight to them. We had 6 out of 8 hatch (2 days … More early), all strong and healthy. They love to be cuddled and played with, one is way more needy than the others, he/she is my favorite. I would 100% recommend this to anyone with children or not! We have completely fallen in love with all of them and are dreading the day we have to give them back.
  • Avatar Kim Milnes ★★★★ 4 months ago
    Pick up and drop off is well-organized. Plenty of instructions are provided and they were available by phone for questions. The equipment was all in excellent condition. My students absolutely loved the experience and we'll do it again … More next year.
    My only suggestion for improvement is that there wasn't enough wood shavings to keep the chicks clean and dry for a week so we had to purchase more. There was also not enough food provided and we had to supplement.
  • Avatar Melissa ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    What an amazing experience for our whole family! The detailed instructions along with the simple to use equipment made this an easy process. The hardest part for us was having to say goodbye! The only thing that would make this better would … More be to see follow up pictures from the farm...or better yet vist to the farm to say hi 🙂
  • Avatar Linsay Langstone ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    My hatching experience was amazing! The instructions and expectations were very clear, straightforward, and easy to follow! Pick up and drop off were easy to access...my only recommendation would be to offer pick up and drop off during … More the week instead of the weekend. My class had to miss the actual hatching experience because hatch day fell on the weekend. Otherwise, we had a blast raising our chicks, and I would definitely do it again!
  • Avatar STEPHANIE Caras ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    My family loved this experience! The kids were so engaged when the chicks were hatching and just adored them after. The emailed instructions were very detailed and answered most of my questions. The staff were very responsive to questions … More and concerns that came up and helped us through a couple of difficult parts. We would definitely do this again and would recommend this to other families!
  • Avatar Miracle W ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    This was a great experience for me and my daughter, it was amazing to see the chicks hatch and grow and get all fluffy, they’re very cuddly and loved to be picked up.
    We are gonna miss them.
    We were very blessed at all six eggs did hatch
    … More and were healthy cuties.
    If we had any questions which of course I did, they were very good at replying back with the information.
    I definitely recommend them and the wonderful experience you get with it.
  • Avatar Cheresse White ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Me and my daughters did the duck hatching experience with Nanny McCluckins and it was probably one of the best and most memorable experiences we have ever had. It was fun and totally adorable. The staff was amazing and so helpful with everything. … More We cried when it was over. We will for sure do it every year.
  • Avatar Danielle Pea ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We have LOVED our Nanny McCluckins experience! They provide excellent information and support. Our kit was complete and easy to set up. We have recommended to friends and family and would even consider doing this again in the future. Can’t … More say enough wonderful things. Great idea, very well executed and supported, educational and FUN 💛🐣🐤🐥💛
  • Avatar Aja Novic ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    This is our second time and we ended up with 6 chicks. The whole experience is priceless for the kids and I quite enjoy cuddling them after the kids are asleep. They're so precious. I think we may have started a tradition in our home... … More chick hatching in ring in warmer weather! Highly recommend
  • Avatar Alex Kutarna ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We loved this experience!! Growing up on an acreage, hatching chicks was one of my core memories as a kid. I was sad that my kids might never get to experience the excitement of watching it for themselves. Then a friend told me about this … More company and we ordered right away! It was SO fun to watch them get excited when the eggs were hatching. They were so organized, friendly, and the instructions were great! They provided everything we needed to have a successful hatching experience. We ALL fell in love with the chicks, and were so sad when they had to go home. My kids loved snuggling with them and when they fell asleep in their arms. We will definitely be doing this again!
  • Avatar Stephen Lynn ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We are a egg supplier. We get back super healthy tame chicks. It’s a highlight for our daughter on chick pickup days!! Plus she loves collecting and saving the eggs for different schools. It makes us all happy that kids can experience the … More joy of hatching!
  • Avatar Linette Ponto ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Do baby chicks imprint on humans? Maybe. Do humans imprint on baby chicks? After incubating and watching these babies come into the world, I think we do 🙂 Hatching chicks was the most special experience our family has had. We all fell … More in love with each individual chick, our kids named them and literally treated them like baby siblings in our family. Watching our kids love and tenderly connect with the chicks was so precious. It was a great learning experience for me as well as I really didn’t know anything about hatching chicks before this. And I’m now addicted 🙂 If you can handle your heart exploding with love for these little babies, we highly recommend this experience 🙂
  • Avatar Michelle Upton ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Such a fantastic experience! I tried this for the first time and the whole family loved it! My 3 and 6yo were so excited to see the chicks hatch and later to hold them. The staff at Nanny McCluckins were so organized and helpful, answering … More any questions we had along the way. We are definitely going to be doing this again.
  • Avatar Chantelle Duckworth ☆☆☆☆ 7 months ago
    Big agriculture hides behinds family farms and companies like this to make you think that the egg and chicken industry are nice. Family farms and small operations or chickens being kept for pets are far from the norm.
    I don't support
    … More any business that exploits animals, even if it's local. Selling and breeding animals to line your own pocket isn't something that I want to support.
  • Avatar Alexandra Hunt ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    So impressed with our experience, beginning to end, with Nanny McCluckins! We did a chicken hatch and received everything we needed, as well as immediate responses to our questions throughout the process. We also did the homeschool curriculum … More they offer. We followed the instructions to a T and had 4 sweet chickens hatch and grow before our eyes. Our children fell so in love with the fluffy bums, and it was a delight to see their personalities develop. The chicks went back to a no-kill, free range family farm, that we now follow on instagram. Definitely would do this again - maybe ducklings next time? Thank you so much!
  • Avatar T.L. Adams ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    What a fun experience! Our preschoolers loved running in the classroom and checking every day to see if the chicks had hatched. Communication was great from pick up to drop off and any question in between. Very happy with the service.
  • Avatar Nicole Brierley ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    We welcomed quails into our grade 3 classroom. We had 6 eggs, however during the hatching process we had some difficulties. This being our first quail hatching experience we reached out to Marylin for support. When they say unlimited support, … More they really mean it. Marylin was available to walk us through a care process over the phone, responded quickly over text and when we need additional support she was able to pop into the classroom to check in. Although there were challenges, and some of our quails need extra support and care, it provided a lot of learning opportunities to discuss differences and animal life cycle. I cannot express enough how much this meant to the classroom, students and myself.
  • Avatar Michelle Dery ★★★★★ a year ago
    What an amazing experience! We thoroughly enjoyed fostering these babies for a week. Honestly, it went by too fast. I really enjoyed the personal one-on-one visit with the farm owners after dropping off the babies. They are beautiful … More people, took the time to answer our questions, and I felt that these babies were going to a great place with people that truly care about them. Nanny Kathy - 'I've never called her that till now - is incredible. She was instrumental in the entire experience - always quick to respond to emails with expertise and confidence. She truly knows what she is doing. I highly recommend this small business!!
  • Avatar Haeley Horton ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Loved this experience as an adult myself, and for my animal loving teenagers. Fun for any age, and the staff were so organized and helpful. Definitely recommend!
  • Avatar Rachel Hussain ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    This was such an amazing experience. My three kids and I were so excited leading up to hatch day and we were fortunate enough to all be present for 3 out of our 4 hatches! It was neat to watch them break out of their shells and learn how … More to walk. The week we got to cuddle and play with them was a memory none of us will forget. It is amazing how within a week these little fluffballs develop their own personalities and grow so much. Drop off day was a hard one as we had all grown to love them so much. We are definitely going to do it again!
  • Avatar Kristin Whyte ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    What an amazing experience! Very well put together with easy steps to follow from start to finish. We loved watching our babies crack through their eggs to growing very quickly with different personalities. We are already missing their … More peeps after the drop off today. This will be an annual thing for our family going forward! Thank you to this very special team for all the work that was put into this activity!! ????
  • Avatar Shelaine Thompson ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    I run a day home and thought this would be a fun educational experience to do with the kids. Turns out my family and teenagers enjoyed it just as much or more than the younger kids! The kits come with everything you need and the week we … More spent with the adorable chicks after they hatched was priceless. I highly recommend Nanny McCluckins for all ages!
  • Avatar Jenny Smith ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    We absolutely LOVED our chick hatching experience! My kids learned so much about the development and life cycle and would share with anyone who popped by. It was exciting to do the candling along the way to see how they were progressing. … More We had one chick hatch two days early. We were sitting at the kitchen table when all of a sudden we heard little chirping coming from the incubator! That was an exciting moment. After the chick hatched the kids literally counted down the hours until they could take it out and hold it! Those chicks were well loved that first week of their lives! I will admit that even I loved those cute little things, but how could you not. I highly recommend this interactive experience!
  • Avatar mikalasmusings ★★★★★ a year ago
    Fantastic experience, I cannot offer enough praise. Very well planned and executed, it is clear they have a lot of experience managing the flow of pick up and drop off, it was seamless and organized. The emails had absolutely everything … More you needed and all instructions were clear.
    I was a little concerned I made 'mistakes' during the incubation process, but those little guys were resilient and we got four out of six eggs to hatch (two unfertilized)
    They hatched a bit early so we had them about 9 days, which was just the right amount of time. My children 8, 6, 3 (and who am I kidding, us big kids) enjoyed the chicks SO much. Its insanity how cute they are.
    10/10 Would recommend for anyone of any age.
  • Avatar Lisa Lin Goretsky ★★★★★ a year ago
    This was an amazing experience!!! I cannot recommend it more. Everything is very laid out and easy to follow. We loved our time with our chicks and Kathy was very quick to respond to answer any issues or trouble shoot concerns. If you’re … More on the fence, just make the leap! You won’t regret it (:
  • Avatar Tanis Marshall ★★★★★ a year ago
    This was a wonderful experience for my special needs class. My students were eager to check the eggs each day and were so engaged throughout the whole process. I loved that everything was included for me which made it relatively easy. Just … More this morning one of my students told me that I needed to get eggs again. They are missing our chicks! I highly recommend Nanny McCluckins!
  • Avatar Elizabeth Wilson ★★★★★ a year ago
    We love nanny mccluckins. It's really brought joy to our lives watching our chicks hatch and grow. We do miss them when the move out, but since we are not able to keep chickens on our property it is wonderful to be able to experience … More hatching. It's also really stress free, and there is always a chicken nanny to text if you get worried
  • Avatar Harold B ★★★★★ a year ago
    We picked up the package of equipment and five eggs, and set up the incubator without much problem. After that, there wasn't a lot of excitement. We tried to candle the eggs, but could never see anything inside of them. The first … More chick hatched on Day 18. After that, the kids were looking for pips and cracks, and cheering on the chicks as they popped out of their eggs. Four out of the five eggs hatched, with all of the chicks apparently healthy (and very cute). After about a week, we returned the package and the chicks, and met a few others who had done this as well. They all seemed to have had a positive impression. I would recommend it. It was fun for the kids and a great learning experience. Maybe next year, we will try it again with duck eggs.
  • Avatar Gemma Salt ★★★★★ a year ago
    I think we can all agree that the last year has been challenging on all of us, and we can safely say that Nanny McCluckins has brought so much joy to our family. We have had four hatching experiences over the last 9 months and what a pleasure … More it has been. It has brought smiles to our faces from start to finish. The hatching process is so exciting and an excellent learning experience for the whole family. Snuggling the sweet babies is just the icing on top of the cake. The support you get throughout the experience is phenomenal and you never feel alone along the way. We highly recommend Nanny McCluckins and we will most definitely be taking part again. A huge thank you to K, M and D; you have brought so much joy to our home and we will never forget it!
  • Avatar karine b ★★★★★ a year ago
    Unbelievably amazing company. Cannot stress enough how well worth the chick hatching experiences are especially with young children. An amazing way to teach your kids and be able to involve friends and your close community to take part … More in seeing something grow and nurture. We did one round of chickens and ducks and wouldn't hesitate to do them again. All the staff is extremely responsive, kind and helpful with any concerns. Top notch.
  • Avatar Erik Holder ★★★★★ a year ago
    Nanny McCluckins is a great outfit to work with!! Their program is well set up and the support is wonderful! My Gr3 class loved watching the baby chicks hatch. I will definitely be trying this again next year!
    Erik
    Gr3 Teacher
  • Avatar Garima Jain ★★★★★ a year ago
    This was truly an amazing experience. My kids loved it. The instructions were easy to follow and I love the support that was available in case I had an questions. Thanks again for this great learning. Even I enjoyed it as an adult.
  • Avatar Kirby Griffiths ★★★★★ a year ago
    What a great at home experience! The kids and I loved everything from the incubation process to hatching, and then finally being able to play with the chicks!
    We learnt about what these little ones need to be cared for and loved!
    The Nanny
    … More McCluckins team were fabulous!!!!! They helped and answered all and any questions I had immediately and without judgment!
    We will be doing this again!!!
  • Avatar Patricia Grell ★★★★★ a year ago
    Nanny McCluckins Chick Hatching Experience was a fantastic experience for our family! Everything was very well organized -- from the well explained pick up and drop off instructions, to the provision of all required equipment, food, and … More bedding. The hatching calendar and comprehensive step by step instructions gave us the confidence we needed for our inaugural egg hatching experience. I will never forget the morning I woke up and heard the first of the chicks cheeping as they exited their shells! What a delight! This concrete learning experience was a highlight for our 13 year old who has been taking all his grade 7 classes online during the pandemic. Thank you Nanny McCluckins for this outstanding educational and inspiring experience!
  • Avatar Mary Shelford ★★★★★ a year ago
    Hatching baby chicks was such an incredible experience. We have three children ages 4, 7, and 8 and they all were so excited for each stage of the hatching process. We all got to watch at least one chick fully hatch out of its egg and … More it was like witnessing a little miracle.
    Nanny McCluckins gives you everything you need to have success. And Kathy is quick to respond to any questions you may have along the way. We had 4 of our 5 baby chicks hatch and we all fell in love with chicks for the week we had them. The kids easily handled them, giving them a snuggle at every opportunity. I was worried my kids were going to be pretty upset saying goodbye but they all understood they had to go to their home at the farm and when we dropped them off there were bins of their other brothers and sisters so the kids were happy they were going to be with their families. I would highly recommend hatching chicks to any family, it will be a memorable experience for sure!
  • Avatar R Mendoza ★★★★★ a year ago
    We had the best experience with hatching our eggs. It was very easy and fascinating to go through the entire process. Marilyn was just a text away and was always so helpful and kind even if I had silly questions.
    Would highly recommend
    … More this experience.
    Thank you!
  • Avatar Lindsay Verrier ★★★★★ a year ago
    Our experience raising ducklings with Nanny McCluckins was amazing! We were provided with all necessary equipment, instructions & helpful tips. The ladies were easily reached, prompt and helpful with questions at all times during this … More experience. All 4 of our babies hatched, and we had a fantastic time with them before returning them to the farm. We highly recommend this company and experience.
  • Avatar Jaycee Arbour ★★★★★ a year ago
    What an amazing experience! Everything was well planned and explained. And good support if a question came up. Very low maintenance in the early stages. Getting to see our sweet chicks hatch from eggs that we helped care for was unlike … More any other experience. We can’t wait to do this again and plan to make it a yearly affair!
  • Avatar Morgan Silvernagle ★★★★★ a year ago
    We recently did our hatch and ended up with three of the sweetest little babies! The support we received, even with our many questions was top notch. We never waited more than an hour for a response. I would do this again and again, the … More squeals and excitement from our kids was worth it a million times over. On top of a perfect experience, these ladies are two of the nicest women I’ve met in a long time!