Rent-a-Chick Educational Program

Reservations are now open!!

We are so excited for this years program as we are giving you a complete kit.  No more running around Omaha looking for $21 heating pads.  No more chicks flying out of boxes.  Our complete kit comes with:

  • 2 adorable fluffy chicks
  • clear tote with breath through lid
  • heating pad that is fire safe and won’t burn your children
  • water dish
  • food dish
  • food for length of the program
  • potty pads to help keep everything clean
  • Chick health and safety class
  • emails with activities sent during the program duration
  • certificate for a FREE dozen eggs that your chicks will begin laying in the fall.

rent a chick kit


2018 program runs for 2 weeks, March 24th- April 7th.  At registration you MUST choose a pick up time and participate in a Chick Health and Safety class.  Pick up times and classes are limited so don’t forget to register for a time that works best for your family.

Pick up location is at Barreras Family Farm, Omaha NE.

Schools and daycares who register to participate may choose from having our farm hands drop chicks off on Friday March 23rd or Monday March 26th with pick up on Friday April 6th or Monday April 9th. Our farm hands will teach your whole class the Chick Health and Safety lesson at time of drop off. We also have an informational flier you can print and send home with each student.

Registration fee for the program is $60.00. We also offer the option for you to rent an additional 2 chicks if you have multiple children and would like each of them to have their own.

Last year we had 100 families participate but this year we are limiting the program to only 60.  Don’t miss out! Sign up Now.

Easter Photos Mini Session with Chicks and Bunnies

(pictures courtesy of Eve Thrasher Photography, 2017)

Each year we partner with a military spouse and photographer to offer one-of-a-kind Easter photos for your family! Professional photos taken with the baby chicks and bunnies.  This year we are excited to work with Army spouse and professional photographer, Hayley Haynes- Hayley Dee Photography.  Easter mini sessions are only $50 and give you 5 images to print or use on social media.

HayleyHaynes    HayleyDeePhotography

Hayley’s Bio: You’ll never regret capturing your most treasured moments. When I look through my lens, I hope to capture those moments of laughter, love, and togetherness. I am a southern girl at heart who fell in love with an Army guy. All these years together or apart due to his service, we have been on an adventure all over the United States to include HI, GA, AK, VA, KS, CO and currently, NE. We have three precious daughters who bring us more joy than we could have ever imagined. We try to make the most of everywhere we live and capture as many of the sweet moments of life as possible. If there’s a moment you want to treasure, let’s capture it together.

Reservations for Easter mini sessions can be made here. Hurry, space is limited!

(Barreras Family Farm Rent-a-Chick Program and its contents are copywrited and trademarked.  You must get permission from our farm to use any of our information in your program.)

Each year, about 6-10 weeks after Easter, chickens get abandoned.  Left on the side of roads or posted for free on Craigslist. These sweet, active, and beneficial critters are left scared and alone.


The Problem: Sweet Easter chicks are given as gifts and quickly grow into nightmares for unprepared families.

The Solution: Teach & Share. Our Rent-a-Chick program educates families on basic chick care. Cute little downy chicks go to families in pairs (always better to travel with a friend 🙂 ). For two weeks these families care for the chicks and teach them how to interact with humans. In return the chicks teach the families how to feed, water, exercise, and love on little critters that are completely dependent on them.  After two weeks the chicks are then returned to the safety of our farm.  Kids are encouraged to name their chicks and come back to check on them.  In addition we give each family a certificate for a free dozen eggs which their chicks will begin to lay in the fall.


This year over 200 chicks had the opportunity to be loved by families and school classrooms around Omaha. The names given to the chicks this year were very sweet. We can’t wait for next years program.

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Golden Sparkles & Red                               Pancake & Syrup                                          Popcorn & Daffodil

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                                         Sunny & Cheepers                                     Sweet Pea & Charlotte


This year over 100 chicks have been shared with families and schools in the Omaha area. Our goal is to give children the opportunity to care for the chicks while watching how amazingly fast they grow.





2015 was our first year renting out pairs of chicks in NE and it was an amazing experience! 15 pairs of Cuckoo Marans went home to families and preschools.  My biggest fear was that there may be a casualty.  But every baby came back to our farm happy and healthy!  Each kiddo did a fantastic job taking care of their sweet babies.

The best part was the creative names that the kids gave each baby.

Cosmo, Chicky, Spike, Twilight, Sofie, Ribbon, Chirpy, Softy, Belle, Tulip, Gracie, Private-Eye, and Billy (just to name a few).


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*Pictures shared by families in the program.  No names are posted to protect privacy.  If a picture is posted that you would like removed please call or private message me. If you have a picture you would like me to post please e-mail it to me.

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