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Living Chicks!!

The chicks arrived today, as part of our study into life cycles. They are currently at day 19 and so still in their eggs but  by Wednesday (day 21) they should begin to hatch! We are all very excited.
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Here we are chirping to the chicks as they were still in their eggs and they chirped back!
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We arrived in the classroom this morning (Wednesday) to find 5 chicks had hatched. One boy and four girls, so we are hoping for more boys so he doesn't get lonely! After lunch Mrs Bell and Mrs McKenna took out the broken egg shells to make more space in the incubator.

 

Tomorrow morning we are turning on the 'brooder' and moving the chicks that have dried out properly into it.

 

 

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The children helped set the brooder up which gave the chicks more room to move around in. Mrs McKenna took the chicks home for the weekend and gave them baths whilst she had them!
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This morning (Monday 28th September) was the first time we could have the chicks out to handle. We all took it in turns sitting around the tuff tray. At first, they were scared and only really let us stroke them but as they got braver they allowed us to handle them.
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We have a rota in class and everyday different children have been chosen to clean the chicks out first thing in the morning. Whilst we are cleaning we put the chicks in a really big box to play in. The children have loved the responsibility of looking after the chicks and relished the cleaning out each day!
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