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Pupils enjoy donation of egg hatching experience

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 March 2018

Keegan Furlong, 4 and Lola Furlong, 4, with the chicks. Picture: David Wilson Homes

Keegan Furlong, 4 and Lola Furlong, 4, with the chicks. Picture: David Wilson Homes

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Pupils at Manor Community Primary School in Swanscombe were delighted when they were able to watch an egg hatching experience.

From left: Keegan Furlong, 4, Lola Furlong, 4, Annabell Akams, 4 and Jayden Ludwar, 3 with the chicks. Picture: David Wilson HomesFrom left: Keegan Furlong, 4, Lola Furlong, 4, Annabell Akams, 4 and Jayden Ludwar, 3 with the chicks. Picture: David Wilson Homes

The school, on Keary Road, were given the donation of pre-incubated eggs by housebuilding company David Wilson Homes, which wanted to provide an educational experience for pupils to witness new life growing in Spring.

The egg hatching lasted 10 days, and children from the nursery were able to view the eggs and watch as the chicks hatched.

The chicks were then moved to a brooding cage to keep them warm, and children had the opportunity to hold the chicks.

Sarah Smith, head of the school, said: “This was an excellent opportunity to teach our children about the life cycle of a chicken through a wide range of subjects, such as science and numeracy, in addition to learning about the different needs that these wonderful animals have.”

Natalie Perry, from David Wilson Homes Kent, said: “As a sustainable housebuilder, we are committed to preserving nature and wildlife, and aim to provide relevant educational opportunities wherever possible.

“Our egg hatching experience uses ethically sourced providers, so after the eggs hatched, the chicks are collected and then live on a farm or are rehomed with hobby chicken keepers.”

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