Sherwell Chicks!

by / Monday, 27 April 2015 / Published in Latest News

We are pleased to announce that the Sherwell Valley chickens have finally arrived and have settled down well in their new home. It has been a long wait and all the children were very excited whilst the last few finishing touches were made to the new chicken coop and run in preparation for the arrival of our feathery friends.

On Tuesday 21st April, four members of the school council with Mr Taylor and Mr Lockyer travelled to Moonridge Farm in Exeter to choose, catch and bring home five point of lay hens. The School Council had already decided their names earlier in the week, after each class in the school submitted their suggestions.

After arriving at the farm it became clear the task of choosing just 5 chickens to bring back with us was going to be a hard one, as hundreds of free-range chickens surrounded us. If the children had had their way, we may have also ended up with a Sherwell Valley goat or cute little ducking or two. However, there was no more space in the car!

Hannah, who works at the farm, did a fantastic job of netting the birds chosen by the children, showed us how to clip their wings and fitted them with their new coloured identification leg rings. The names were then allocated before they all posed for a quick photo. The chickens were given the names: April, Lavender, Coco, Olive and Amelia, after the letters of Alcoa, the company sponsoring the Chicken Coop.

On returning to school, the hens were then gently placed in their new coop (a purple Eglu Cube) and given time to adjust to their new surroundings. This peace and quiet did not last long, as there has been a constant stream of visitors from small groups of children, staff, cleaners, and parents ever since their arrival.

Children throughout the school are now responsible for letting the chickens out in the mornings and filling up the feed and water. We are hoping that they will also be collecting eggs in a few weeks time, as the chickens approach 6 months old (watch this space).

A huge thanks to all who have helped us on our chicken journey so far. Special thanks goes to:

  • Alcoa for sponsoring the Elgu Cube chicken coop.
  • FOSV for sponsoring the walk in chicken run.
  • The School Council for sponsoring the chickens and choosing their names. Merv and Hannah at Moonridge Farm for all their help.
  • The staff at Omlet for their advice and support in choosing the correct equipment for the chickens and our children.

Mr A Taylor

Moonridge Farm

Moonridge Farm

Cool Coop

Cool Coop

Happy Chickens!

Happy Chickens!

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