Special delivery as chicks hatch at Falmouth Primary
9:20am Monday 11th March 2013 in News
There have been some very special deliveries at Falmouth Primary School over the past week with children witnessing chicks hatching from their eggs.
It has been the turn of year two’s Green Class to take responsibility for the new arrivals and to monitor their progress. Twelve fluffy little chicks were being kept either in an incubator or brooding pen after hatching out over a couple of days.
Teaching assistant, Nikki Jennings, said: “The children’s topic has been the life cycle of a chicken and they have learned all about it, from egg to chick to hen or cockerel. They all witnessed the first one hatch. It was in the middle of a literacy lesson and we all stopped so we could stand around the incubator and watch.
“Within the next three to four hours another six had hatched and then another five hatched, mostly overnight. The children are involved in caring for them, making sure they have clean water and clean food every day.
“They also collected the egg shells and have been inspecting the insides of them using a magnifying glass. They have found it fascinating. It has just been a wonderful experience for the children and something they would not otherwise get to see.”
The chicks will remain at the school until Friday (March 8). Last year, two of the hens were kept by the school and are still going strong, laying eggs most days.