Baby Chicks at The Downs!
In May 2011, eleven eggs were delivered to The Downs. Over the next two weeks, lots of these hatched into cute and fluffy chicks. Our children (and staff) enjoyed looking after the chicks and using them to learn about life cycles and animal care. We also provided a live video stream of the chicks allowing our friends and families, as well as people from all around the world, to watch them online.
Our school website was visited by thousands of other people who watched our chicks too. Here is a list of some of the people and schools who visited:
- Friends and families of children at The Downs.
- Jay and Christina from Staffordshire.
- St. Clair school, New Zealand.
- Wix Primary School, South London.
- Lynstead Nursery School.
- Jason Swan from Ontario, Canada.
- Chris from Oxfordshire.
- Simon Cobb from Hove.
- Carole from Dartmouth.
- Martyn from SuperClubsPLUS, Australia.
- Clare from Washington, UK.
Don't forget to read the comments below to see messages from our visitors!
Take a look at the photos of the chicks' progress...
Day 2 - The first chick hatches:
Day 2 - The first chick is up and about:
Day 2 - Two chicks!
Day 3 - Where did they all come from?
Day 3 - Settled into their new home... the brooding box:
Day 4 - Tired after a busy day getting lots of cuddles from the children and staff!
Day 7 - Having a relaxing weekend:
Day 11 - Getting ready for another busy day:
Day 12 - Time to go off to their new homes:
The chicks have now left The Downs and gone to live in their new home. They have grown bigger wings and more feathers on their bodies so they are able to go outside in the day and run about on the grass. They love this, flying about when they are first let out. They go in the shed at night, in their hutch, which is quite cosy for them and they snuggle up and keep warm.