Bluebirds and Grasshoppers were very excited to hatch a clutch of 10 chicken eggs this summer, thanks to the generosity of the PTA. The eggs were part of a programme by an ethical company who provide an incubator and brooder box, along with all the support and know-how needed to care for them in class, then collect the chicks once they are hatched and ensure they are happily re-homed. They have many free-range farms across the country that will rear our newly-hatched chicks in delightful surroundings. They may also go to smallholders, enthusiasts and hobbyists (none go to commercial farms).
Not only did the children get the experience of life cycles and growth and development, the programme also encouraged social interaction and promoted caring and nurturing skills.
“Putting these eggs in a classroom is a splendid way to stimulate discussion about life.” Professor Paul Howard-Jones, Educational Neuroscientist, University of Bristol.
(Secret Lives of 4-Year-Olds – Channel 4)
That's what the scientists report, but this is what our in-house experts have to say:
'I can hear it cheeping!' (through the partially broken shell) Alva
'They're so tiny!' Olivia
'I just want to hold it!' Emmie
'He wants his friends to come.' Hunter-Ray
'It's so cure and fluffy! Cutest thing I've ever seen!' Bailey
'I wonder how the chick will grow?' Olivia
'I've never seen a real-life chick, even at the farm!' Billy
Many other classes in the school came by across the fortnight to visit the chicks and many got to stroke and hold them too.
Year R was also very lucky to meet some fully-grown hens that belonged to Nathan in Bluebirds. Now we know that our chicks are going to get a lot bigger, and a lot faster and noisier!
Check out our album in the photo gallery for videos and images throughout our chicks' development.