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Spring is in the air at Hadfield Nursery School

For the last month, Hadfield Nursery School has been taking part in an ethical School Chick Hatching Project, supported by Sheffield-based Eggucation.

The eggs are from rare breeds and the chicks are a vital part of their breeding programmes and conservation work.

Children at the Queen Street nursery observed the eggs for their 21-day incubation period, and used an Incubation Diary to discuss the changes that were happening inside each egg every day.

There was great excitement as they arrived at nursery to discover the first chick, a Blue Andalusian, had hatched.

They heard lots of cheeping from other eggs and noticed some cracks appearing. Two further chicks, Cream Legbars, hatched later that evening - watched by many families at home via a live stream.

The children had a virtual visit to the farm to see the chicks new home and animal friends, and they were able to ask Debs from Eggucation lots of interesting questions.

Acting head teacher Diane Mottershead said: "It was really important to us that Eggucation put the welfare of their birds and chicks as a top priority. All the chicks are grown on in warm sheds, and then free ranging on grass, and as the breeds are rare there is a strong demand for both males and females.

"The children have gained so much from this project, they have learnt about the life cycle of hens, and grown in confidence in handling and stroking the chicks using gentle hands." 

Main image:

Two youngsters at Hadfield Nursery School holding a couple of the chicks. 

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