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Ducks and other birds, including LINKS to other resources
Incubation and hatching
Eggs for eating too
Candling Eggs a tutorial on incubation, embryology and candling eggs with drawings, photos & video
Rabbits This is a link to Mink Hollow Rabbitry

School Hatching Program
IMPORTANT NOTE: This section is for reference ONLY. We no longer provide hatching eggs.
*Before you get your eggs
*Hatching Handbook
*Count Down
*Checklist (updated 2009)

For Teachers (support materials)
Activities (for various age groups)

Farm Photo Album
(farm pics & more)

Mink Hollow Media Site

<hi> Contact the Farm: school [dot] program [at] minkhollow [dot] ca </hi>


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About This Site

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Who We Are and What We Do

We are a small (privately owned) farm North-East of Cochrane (about 15 minutes from the Calgary city limits or 15 minutes from Butterfield Acres Farm) where we primarily raise uncommon varieties of ducks and geese. We sell hatching eggs, day-old ducklings and goslings as well as older birds occasionally. We have raised Khaki Campbell, Silver Appleyard, and Chinook Ancona (our own variety) ducks, plus Brown African and Pilgrim Geese (See our breed_notes for more information). We also sell duck eggs for eating. From 1988 - 2013 we provided hatching packages to a number of area schools.

Please note: We are no longer doing this.

Please note: we do not sell hatching packages to private homes. See HERE for explanation.

Most of the children that have been able to experience this project have been very excited about it and it is one they will remember for many years to come. However since we are dealing with living animals it is a project that should not be entered into without careful thought and some planning. Arrangements must be made in advance to have adequate facilities for the eggs and ducklings as well as for their care during weekends (most classes keep the new ducklings in their class for about two weeks).

IMPORTANT Notices for Teachers

Helpful Hints

  • R. Adair (Calgary teacher) brings socks when she comes to pick up her ready-to-hatch eggs - socks are perfect for cushioning eggs. Bring one sock for each egg…. Thanks for this great idea!!
  • Bring a re-usable shopping bag with you to carry the kit items (food, vitamines, feathers, etc.)

Poultry Information

Source Comments
Feather Site One of the most complete and informative sites on the net!
DOM_BIRD A poultry mailing list for discussion of poultry and other farm birds.
University Of Nebraska 4-H Lots of cool stuff! Check out the “egg-cam”
Avian Flu? Some information and Links
Alberta Egg Producers Board Information for Teachers in Alberta
Miller Hatcheries Fact Sheets About Raising Poultry

Hatcheries and Poultry Equipment Supply Houses

Where to find Equipment

Supplies Location Comments
Science Is... Calgary, AB, CAN. equipment supply/rental - local
Berry Hill Country Supply Ontario, CANADA Internet Orders
Fanciers Specialty Company Baden, Ontario Orders by phone and snail-mail
Seven Oaks Supply Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Rochester Hatchery Westlock, Alberta [1-780-307-3622]
Hatcheries and Poultry Equipment Supply Houses From

Where to find Eggs

Supplies Location Comments
Alberta Chickens Etc Canada Wide Farm Community Forum - you will need to post a request
Alberta Provincial Poultry Associations Alberta, Canada may be able to provide names of breeders
Hatcheries and Poultry Equipment Supply Houses From
We also “rent” bunnies!

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