Chicks and Butterflies

 

It was with great excitement that the children in Year 1 and 2 held the chicks for the first time today. All fluffy and definitely larger than when we had left them, the chicks happily charged out from under their heater to meet us all first thing this morning.

We were also very pleased to find that another 10 of our butterflies had escaped from their chrysalides and after spending some time examining the empty cases, we decided that it was time to release them into the flower garden outside. However, by the time reception and KS1 had gathered on the playground, it had started to rain and the butterflies couldn’t be persuaded to leave their cosy butterfly house! After this clear vote by the butterflies we decided that we had better let them stay another day. Fingers crossed for some sunshine tomorrow…

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The Chicks Have Arrived: View the Time Lapse Footage

Well, well, what an exciting day! I arrived at 7:30am this morning to find the first 7 chicks had hatched during the night. Can you imagine the excitement as the children arrived at 8:30am at almost the same time as chick no. 8 started to hatch? We were slightly late to assembly as it was difficult to tear ourselves away from the miracle that was taking place in the incubator.

To our delight, chick no. 8 was born during assembly and we managed to watch the video footage of the birth within minutes of getting back to class. The rest of the day was spent with teams of children (from nursery to Year 3) watching over the other 7 chicks as they hatched one after the other. The final chick hatched about 6pm (I know that some of you were watching on the webcam) and about 6:30pm, I moved the webcam over to the new chick house so that we could watch the little fluffies mooching about overnight!

Roll on tomorrow, when they’ll be strong enough to hold… Another exciting day ahead…

Click on the link below to see the footage that I have extracted from the webcam archive. The webcam took a photo every 10 minutes throughout the day!

Chicks Hatching Time Lapse

Our chicks are starting to hatch…

When I went into school at about 6pm today (Sunday 13th May) I could hear chirping in the classroom. If you look closely at the egg in the top right hand corner, you can see where the egg shell has been broken off by the chick inside. If you look at the egg on the bottom left, you should just about be able to make out the star shape of a crack where the little fellow is just starting to pip. I think we will be meeting some of the little ones in the morning… see you soon, Mrs Hazell x