Clovelly Childcare Centre weekend roster
Thank you for your help in looking after the animals and vegetable gardens on the weekends. This brochure outlines the jobs and its perks.
You’re welcome to take home herbs or vegetables from the garden, and collect the chicken eggs for your family.
What to bring:
- pair of gloves
- empty egg container
- key for Puggle’s gate and Vale Street shed.
The chickens live in a coup in the Plateena’s yard. You will need a key to access the side Puggle’s gate to tend to the chooks.
Each morning let the chickens out of their coup into the run. Leave the gate to the coup open during the day so the chooks can nest and seek shade. Do not let them into the Plateena’s yard.
Each day give the chickens fresh water, grains and leafy vegetables. There is a metal bowl for the scraps, and a plastic feeder for the grains. Chicken grain is kept in a metal bin in the coup. Give the chickens a generous scoop of grains and food scraps from home, or leafy greens from the Centre’s garden.
If it runs out there is usually a supply in the Plateena’s shed or in a box in the Vale Street shed.
While the chickens scratch around in the sand soil and have themselves a bird bath, please clean out the nesting boxes, and coup. Remove old or dirty straw and chicken poo and replace with clean straw. The dirty straw can be placed in the compost. Lightly rake the rest of the run each day to get rid of any old bits of food or waste and put this into the compost.
Fresh hay is kept in the Vale Street shed.
Lock the chickens at night to keep them safe.
Watering the garden
The vegetable garden, seedlings and grass need watering, especially in the warmer months. The best time to water is the early morning or late afternoon. All yards have retractable hoses and sprinklers.
We have a house of Australian stingless bees in the Joey’s yard. They need fresh drinking water every day that can be poured into the puka shells attached to the trees near their house. During the warmer months please dampen the towel on their box morning and afternoon to keep them cool.
Let the guinea pigs out into their ‘day spa’ enclosure each day if the weather is dry. Please make sure they have shade, particularly in the warmer months.
Ensure they have fresh water, and feed the guinea pigs fresh food plus a cup of grain every day. Use the containers for the food to keep pens tidier.
There is a small jar of grain on top of the enclosure. If this runs low, you should find more in the box in the Vale Street shed.
Guinea Pigs like to eat fresh leafy green vegetables or herbs (including broccoli, cabbage, celery, endive, carrot tops, zucchini, bok choy and other Asian greens, dark leaf lettuce varieties, parsley, dandelion, coriander, basil, dill, mint and spinach) or grass including Timothy, oaten, wheaten, pasture, paddock, meadow or ryegrass hays. They can also have small amounts of apple or pear.
Clean the hutch by removing newspaper and poo from night hutch (and deposit in compost nearby). Rake out under the hutch as required. Slide out the top and bottom shelves of the hutch, removing the small nails to move the ramp, and hose down shelves out on the grass. Let these dry in the sun during the day.
Reassemble g.pig hutch in afternoon and lay down fresh newspaper (can bring paper from home, or use paper left on top of hutch – please replenish if you can), including some extra shredded paper or straw in one corner for nesting
Please lock all the animals back into their pens in the evenings to keep them safe.
If a problem arises while you’re on duty, please call Debbie on 0414 335 571.