DONATE A FLOCK
Flock of 12 Baby Chicks: $25
These are one-day old chicks, shipped
overnight to the family. Because baby chicks have no feathers, they can
be shipped to Appalachia only during the Spring and Summer months -
March through August. The areas we serve in India are always warm, and
so our local chapter there can place baby chicks year-round.
A Flock of 25 Baby Chicks: $50
While the mini-flock described above will produce 12 eggs a day in the
summer, in the winter months, chickens' production drop in half to only
six eggs a day. So, a family of any size will need 25 chickens to ensure
plenty for everyone in the family and maybe even a few left over to
Large Flock of
Mature Hens, already laying eggs: $100
These are mature hens, already laying eggs. They are at least five months old, but not older than one year. There are
approximately 12 hens and one rooster in a flock. Chickens lay an
egg a day in the summer and less in the winter, averaging out to an egg
every other day year round.
A Mini Flock of Mature Hens, already laying eggs: $50
This is a flock of
approximately six hens and one rooster that are all at least five months
old and actively laying eggs. There are approximately six hens in
Give a family a flock of chicks, each of which will
produce 200 eggs a year! Baby hens start laying eggs as young as
five months, giving the family regular nourishment and a steady stream
of income from the sale of eggs.
Why Eggs? Eggs, by the very fact that
they are the matter from which a new life is created, are a
powerhouse of all the nutrients needed for children to grow and adults
to be sustained. Eggs are also
extremely easy to cook and can be used in many ways: They can be
boiled, scrambled, poached, made into an omelet, or they can be incorporated into breads, puddings,
and other dishes to add flavor and substance.
Should I give baby chicks or mature hens?
While baby chicks are inexpensive to buy and fun to raise and while
they will eventually bear many protein packed eggs, they are not the
best choice for the really poor families because of the six months of feed costs before
reaching egg-bearing age. In time, they will more than make up for
that outlay, many times over, but some families who can't even afford to
buy food to eat in the present certainly cannot afford to buy feed for
their baby chicks for six months. For that reason, when flocks of baby
chicks are donated, they will be placed with families that have the
ability to acquire the feed necessary.
in a sustainable farm operation:
scratch the ground for grubs, most of which are destructive to crops,
and they eliminate small rodents, mainly mice. Therefore, they are
especially good for orchards: They eat the boring insects that kill
fruit trees from the inside out, and they kill the mice that kill fruit
trees by eating the bark. They will mow grass that is no taller
than two inches, and they are great for preparing planting beds through
their grub control and fertilization.