Happy Chick Event
Today we visited the showground to take part in a Happy Chick event to learn all about chicks and hens. There were four different activities to do. Here are some of the things we learnt.
1. We learnt about Guinea Fowl and Ducklings and compared them. Guinea fowl had stripes down their backs so they can be camouflaged in the long grass where they like to live. They eat insects and seeds. The boys make a clicking sound and the girls make a sound like they are saying 'come back'. The ducklings were yellow and fluffy, and live on or near water. They eat small insects and small fish. We noticed their different colours and markings.
2. We met a Chicken Farmer and learnt about his job. He told the children that he has 64,000 chickens who each lay one egg a day. Most of the eggs are good eggs which he can send to the shops to be sold. Some eggs are not golden brown and not a good shape so they are only used for baking.
3. We found out about how a chick grows inside an egg. Before it hatches, it eats the rest of the yolk to give it energy to peck the shell to get out. It takes 21 days to grow and then it will hatch, using an egg tooth on the end of its beak to crack the hard shell. The egg tooth falls away after a few days.
4. Finally we had the chance to hold the 2 day old chicks!
At school we labelled a drawing of a chick inside the egg and talked about what we had learnt.