April showers bring….CHICKS!

The chicks are back in the Children’s and Parents’ Services Department! Well, the eggs are back. The chicks will hatch around April 21st. We have the eggs on display in an incubator, along with a countdown calendar that shows what’s happening inside the egg. We will have a webcam up and running April 18 so check back often and see if you can catch them hatching! After hatch, we will be able to see the babies anytime on the webcam.

Beginning April 12th, we will have grab-and-go chick bags for different ages which will include a cute craft and a “Chick Book” with information and activities. Just one bag per child, but you can visit the baby chicks as often as you like! They will be with us for about two weeks before they go back to the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank.

The eggs came from Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, as part of their poultry education program. The farm, located at 350 Yaphank Avenue, is open daily 9:00-3:00. There are lots of animals to visit, including cows, pigs, llamas, goats and chickens. Feed can be purchased for a few dollars, and sometimes the hayride is open for $5. But there is plenty to do for free! The farm has a lovely natural playground which includes a mud kitchen and a music wall. There is a gorgeous butterfly garden and a buttefly house in the summer. Check out the website for information about upcoming events and classes at the farm.