Tairua Chicks

So my kids are naturally very interested in all the things I get up too, whether creating stock for a market, embedding shells and insects in resin, casting concrete or mould making, and unfortunately some of those things they just cant participate in.

My daughter said “I cant wait til I grow up so I can play with resin” ; )

So I’m encouraging them to create their own business. There’s just so much practical lessons to learn; researching, accounting, success rates, mark up, profit/loss, biology, genetics, environmental conditions, marketing…

We used to have chickens. It was a constant struggle to keep them in our property. I was always chasing them around the neighbours yard and fixing mesh to the boundary.

Then there is the poo. Its everywhere!

We were fortunate enough to have a broody hen, so without my husbands knowledge, the kids and I ordered some fertile eggs, and swapped them for the ones she had laid and was sitting on. 21 days later to my husbands surprise we had 4 tiny chicks hatch! (out of 8)

The kids knew from the start we were not going to keep the chicks, but to sell them (after taking them along to Pet Day of course!)

We did this once more before we decided the poo just wasn’t going to be appealing to the occasional BnB’ers that we host, so the flock was quickly sold on, at $20 a chicken.

So spring is near, and we Coromandel inhabitants get pretty clucky, so in anticipation of the free range egg rush, the kids are starting a small business, and will attempt to hatch chicks using an incubator!

I explained to them that from the profit of selling some of my resin creations, instead of reinvesting in resin, I was going to invest in them, and that they had $183 to start Tairua Chicks

They had to research how to hatch chicks, find the best incubator, purchase it online and record their accounting. Next was the chickens. Whether to purchase mixed eggs or a particular breed. They opted for a x breed of Araucana x shaver, hoping to gain chicks producing a interesting coloured large egg.

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Unfortunately we learnt our first lesson on the arrival of the incubator; to receive the incubator before ordering the eggs! The incubator stated that it housed 12 eggs, but on inspection we could see that our 12 rather large fertile eggs were not going to all fit in the plastic frame, that enabled the vital automatic rotation of the eggs!

Dilemma: To manually rotate the eggs at least 3 times a day, use the frame and discard half the fertile eggs or to quickly get online and purchase a second incubator (at $109!)

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So here is Angus, doing the morning shift ; )

Another thing we didn’t quite think about, was its the start of the school holidays!

So we have to take the eggs with us! We package them up in an egg carton, pop them in a box surrounded in tea towels and a wheat bag.

I’ll be very surprized if we even get one chick outta this lot, but we will see in 10 more days!

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Concrete letters and numbers

Dabbling with concrete and moulds yet again, I’m now creating letters and numbers!

The letters look great painted up and displayed on a shelf, and the numbers make a striking address id, either propped up in the garden or mounted on a wall!

Awesome for those holiday homes, where there isn’t a need for a letterbox!

Concrete Candles

Thankfully my family consumes a lot of margarine and Aunt Betty puddings, as these containers make for the perfect moulds for my concrete candles!July16 012

Using a 1:2 mix of cement and sand and just the right amount of water, I create awesome little concrete bowls for planting up with succulents, cacti and orchids. Now that I have found the joy of candle making, I have been filling them with scented soy wax too!

What I found was interesting is that you need the right wick for the diameter of the bowl, so that it creates the maximum sized melted wax pool!

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There’s all sorts of shapes, heights and thickness to experiment with. I even poured the wax into some drinking glasses, and once cool the wax candle just slid right out.

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The wax I use is soft, and can also be used for creating melts to use in a tea light burner.

Simple, natural, handmade in New Zealand, unlike those crude oil paraffin based ones that can only be used in a specific electric warmer. And instead of cleaning out the wax  once the scent has evaporated, simply purchase your own scent to add to it!


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I love getting my kids involved with any of my Lulus Lists ventures, and put them to work constructing the boxes for packaging, giving them a brief lecture on child labour, how some countries can produce products for cheap by exploiting their staff and why we should encourage people to buy New Zealand handmade goods! ; )

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Handmade Bag Charms

Looking for something fun to do with the kids these school holidays?

Try making some charms for their school bags! Create them in their teams colours!

So easy to make and bake, Du-Kit purchased from Sunnys