Bring your little ones to see our little ones! This spring, Berkshire Museum is teaming up with Hancock Shaker Village to celebrate spring! Hancock Shaker Village has loaned Berkshire Museum 40 chicken eggs, resting in an incubator, that are set to hatch on Sunday, April 1, in time for the Museum’s 109th birthday celebration.
Visitors to Berkshire Museum on Sunday, April 1, will get a chance to enjoy the fuzzy little chicks from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. A lamb will be visiting as well, in a preview of Hancock Shaker Village’s tenth annual Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm event, which begins April 7.
In honor of Berkshire Museum’s birthday, visitors can participate in art activities for kids, free with Museum admission, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The egg hatching process takes 21 days from the time the eggs are put in the incubator, which is kept between 99 and 101 degrees Fahrenheit. The incubator includes an automatic turner, which turns the eggs 3 times a day. Not all of the eggs will hatch into chicks, and the eggs could hatch as early as March 31. Once hatched, the baby chicks can stay in the incubator overnight to dry and gain their strength, and a staff member from Hancock Shaker Village will arrive at the end of the day on April 1 to take the chicks home to the Village.
Berkshire Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.berkshiremuseum.org or call 413.443.7171. Museum admission is $13 for adults and $6 for children. Members and children aged three and under enjoy free admission.
See www.hancockshakervillage.org for more information on Baby Animals.