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Stop Chick Hatching Programs

Each year, thousands of chicks are hatched in incubators at childcare centres throughout Australia in chick hatching programs. Please help us end live chick hatching programs by signing this petition and spreading the word. For each signature, a letter will be sent to the major childcare centres throughout Australia, asking them to end the use of chick hatching programs for good.

Why should Chick Hatching Programs stop?

Where's mum?:

A hatching box is an extremely poor replacement for the mother hen. According to the RSPCA, it is not uncommon for chicks in hatching boxes to die or be born deformed due to inadequate care and incubator malfunctions.

What about the roosters?:

Approximately 50% of the adopted chicks will grow up to be roosters, which are illegal to keep in most suburban areas. Of the thousands of roosters hatched, an extremely small percentage find long term homes. Most are killed as waste products of chick hatching programs.

Teaching poor lessons:

Hatching programs teach children that chicks are disposable objects, rather than living creatures that deserve our respect and require a lifetime of care and commitment.

What happens after the program finishes?:

Chicks are often adopted out to anyone who wants them. There is no formal adoption process and no procedures in place to protect the welfare of the chicks once they leave the school or centre. Chicks that are not adopted go back to the hatching company where the outcome is unknown and unmonitored.

Who has joined the fight?

Countless angry, frustrated parents, education professionals and animal welfare organisations are joining forces to get this practice banned from ALL facilities.

You can learn more about the programs and our campaign by visiting our website You can also download or request campaign materials.


This petition was delivered to:
  • Goodstart/ABC
  • Tadpoles
  • Active Kids
  • Stepping Stones
  • Acre Woods
  • Sesame Lane
  • YMCA Childcare
  • KU Children's Services
  • Lady Gowrie
  • Pelican Childcare
  • Mission Australia Early Learning
  • Blacktown City Council ChildCare
  • G8 Education (Community Kids, Kindy Patch)
  • Early Learning Centre
  • Explore and Develop
  • Montessori
  • SDN
  • Sunkids (Guardian Childcare)
  • Kids Academy
  • Universal Childcare

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