Not 100% sure where to put this and was wondering what you guys thought about this. I offered the local kindergarten the use of one of my silkies "if" she goes broody. I would supply a small hutch and the fertile eggs and the hen and let her go for it and then take the lot back when the chicks where say 3 - 5 weeks of age. ( I would be doing daily checks) One of the parents came up to me today and asked if I would be intrested in renting her my Silkie. Now I am not happy for the hen to go to someone I don't knows place but she does not want that. What she wants is to give me say 1/2 a dozen fertile eggs (she asked if I knew someone who she could purchase them off) then pay me for allowing my hen to sit on them. Once hatched she would like to bring the kids around once a week to see their new chickens and when the chickens are about 7 weeks old they would take them home. She said she was happy to pay me a per week amount for use of my hen and for the care I would give the babies. I sort of like the idea but see a few issues 1) what is none of the eggs hatch? 2) what is some or more of the chicks die? 3) what if they all turn out to be roosters? I did mention this, but she wanted her kids to understand where chickens come from, the mother child bond and also last time they raised chickens from a feed store they ended up with all rooster, then they got a bunch from the Melbourne show and again all rooster so they figure this way they run the chance of getting hens and they get to pick the breed they want. Any thoughts on this idea? Also how much would you charge? To hire an incubator is $200 deposit and then about $150 a week for a small three egg one.