Chickens on the Hill

May 2016

Our hard workers are doing a fantastic job of looking after the chicks.

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Our ever growing chicks…

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Chicken Welfare UFA Group

We love our chick welfare UFA group. The children take responsibility of caring for the little chicks and love to spend time observing them outdoors.

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  • The four chicks are growing bigger day by day. I am very excited to be running a ‘chick welfare’ UFA and we are nurturing the chicks ready to put them in the great outdoors! Above are the most recent pictures. We will be voting on their names on Monday.

The chicks are ever growing…

Year 5 have spent sometime with the chicks this afternoon. We got to hold each of the chicks and we have some photos to show you…

We tried to video the chicks as the kept trying to fly, however… every time the camera was on them… the must have been camera shy…

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Our third chicken hatched out this afternoon at 4.30 and our fourth chicken hatched at 5.18pm.Our after school club children were a great help and loved showing their mums and dads our new arrivals. Egg five is yet to hatch and seems to be slow. We have had no pipping from eggs 6 and 7 but they can stay inside the incubator for a further 3 days for a chance to hatch.

Our second chick hatched at 1.20pm…

The second chick looks a lot lighter in colour than the first. They seem to be helping each other out in the hatching process, but they are very, very tired.

We have our first chick… at 10.05am

Day 21…. We started the day with excitement! Mr Gilmour entered into the room where the chicks are and, although he couldn’t see anything except eggs, he heard the faint sound of a chirp or two!!!

We noticed that the pipping had started… All the children got to see the tiny chick making holes around the egg. After only 45 minutes, the chick made the great escape! It was so wonderful to see. We have recorded this amazing miracle for you all to see. The whole school has been in awe of this today and each class has spent time in Pendle classroom keeping a close eye on the event. What a brilliant day and, for most, a once in a lifetime experience.

We can’t wait to see the others.

Click here to see the chicken hatch…

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On Sunday (day 18) the chicks will no longer need turning 3 times a day. They will be left and water will be added to the incubator. On Monday, the chicks will be coming into school to finish their egg journey… I wonder how many will be strong enough to hatch??? Stay tuned… we hope the chicks hatch while the children are at school!

Day 14… The eggs have been candled again. As the chicks are getting bigger the eggs have a shadow in them.

Day 7 …. The first candling day … As you can see 7/8 eggs have shadows, veins and movement in them. Unfortunately, as you can see on the pictures, one of the eggs hadn’t been fertilised (the very yellow egg) so this has been disgarded. 

Here is a video of one of the eggs. If you look carefully you can see movement and even a beak. (Click here)

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23/03/16 …. Day 1,

Maggie and Skye collected 8 eggs from their nana for us to hatch last night. The eggs went into the incubator this morning and have been marked. They will be turned 3 times daily. We will keep you up to date with everything.

On day 7, we will be candling the eggs to see if the eggs were fertilised or not. We will get rid of the eggs that aren’t fertilised.

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