Saturday, 16 April 2011

Easter chicks

Our school was lucky enough to care for an incubator of eggs over the last couple of weeks of term, and over Tuesday and Wednesday, to the great excitement and interest of every child (and adult!) in the school, 6 little chicks hatched :-)

 They spent a few days in a big cage in the Reception classroom (Reception children are those aged 4-5, non-UK readers!) being much-visited and much-admired by all.

Love how the two at the back look like they're having a good old chat together!

A lucky timing of the shutter release and I got this chap in the act of flexing his wings :-)

We took the lid off the cage so I could get clearer shots, and a couple of the braver chickies took the chance to peek at the big world outside - one even tried to jump out!

The Tomboy was allowed to hold one of the chicks. Look at that expression of mingled pride, joy and apprehension! I think she was nervous that the chickie might bite, but actually it chose to poo on her instead.... Which just about made her day, and she had a wonderful time telling all her friends about it!

Today the chicks will be returned to the farm, but I don't think any of our pupils (or staff!) will forget their time with us :-)

14 comments:

Tracy said...

So cute! We brought a chick home from school for the night a few years ago, the teachers ended up going on strike the next day and chicken became part of the family, lol.

Tracey said...

Oh that's wonderful ... that must have been so very exciting! :)

alexa said...

What a lovely thing for children to be able to experience! Great photos ...

JO SOWERBY said...

we had gerbils and hamsters but no chicks, how exciting for the children to get up close.
Jo xxx

Scrappi Sandi said...

Just too cute & The Tomboy looks as if she's enjoying the whole experience!! My sister kept chickens when I was small & I was allowed to collect the eggs. She also got a turkey one year, destined for the Christmas table...he never got there though...we all got too fond of him! He survived to a ripe old age!!!

Alison said...

I love these chickie pics, Mel..and yes, you can see every emotion in the Tomboy's face and body language. We've had a mad,but lovely day with mum and dad by the way!
Alison xx

rockchickhelen said...

I've come via Beyond Blogging for Scrapbookers, hello there.
OMG, they are so cute, I want to take the one home that's flexing it's wings!

Mary B said...

Aw that is so nice that the children had that opportunity

Carrie Rosalind said...

Oh they are SO cute!! I want to play with one, too! :)

Miriam said...

Just too cute, the tomboy looks so proud!

Lisa-Jane said...

Well done on getting that one flexing his wings - so cute! I hear that this chicken business is very addictive. Hope you gets lots of yummy eggs for yourselves soon too.

Beverly said...

So cute, great shots, they bring back sweet memories of shildhood days on my grandparents' farm.

Sian said...

Taking the lid off was very brave! What a great thing to do in school too, the kids will remember that for years.

Rachel B said...

Oh my goodness, they are adorable! :)