Student update written by Kacee and Renee - Chicken experts!
As the new school year is here, our chickens are beginning to molt (which means lose all their feathers!). Now that our chickens are full grown, our average number of eggs a day is around six. Over the weekends we can normally collect about one dozen. Now that we have so many eggs we are distributing them to Alpenglow families, for a donation. If you receive a email from Alpenglow school you are welcome to come to Canmore Collegiate during a normal school day and give a donation. Our friend from the town of Canmore Mr, Burt came for a chicken coop tour recently and really liked it! We appreciate his support and look forward to the future with our chickens!
Over the summer our chickens have been busy! With lots of love from Mr. Clay, Ms. Lindsey, Ms. Avni and the Alpine Edibles team our chickens managed to lay quite a few eggs! Farmer Christian was even able to bring some select birds up to the garden to help with weeding in a mobile chicken coop. In the summer we started to notice that one of our "silkies" is a touch broody, a interesting learning for us is to find that often "silkies," become broody! We have had no incidents with animals and our birds seem as happy as can be!
As the end of the year is near our chickens have grown significantly. From coops to eggs, to chicks to chickens, we now have full grown birds with the record of nine eggs in one day/weekend! We have recently tagged the chickens with anklets to idenify the different chickens. There is now a nest under the chicken ramp making egg finding some what challenging. Over the summer our loved chickens will be receiving care from Alpine Edibles and Ms. Lindsey and Mr. Clay. There are now beautiful pictures of the chickens in the coop to help people recognize the majestic birds. Sadly this will be our last entry before summer break. Thank you for support and kindness! We are hoping to have eggs in your hands soon!
From the Grade 5/6 class!
On Friday April 28th, there was an egg layed by the Alpenglow chickens. It is amazing to think that this project has come full circle. Amazing work Mr Graeme, Alpenglow staff, and all the students of this and last year's Grade 5/6 class at Alpenglow School!
by Ella W-Chicken Specialist
written Thursday April 27th
The chickens are getting quite big and we are thinking that Frosty or Storm may lay a egg pretty soon. When we go into the coop we are always looking for eggs. Our rooster's were taken away and were brought to different farms and they have been replaced by seven different other kinds of chickens. We have two different very fluffy silkies as well as two new wyandotte chickens which look a lot like storm although much smaller. We also have two beautiful Silver Spangeled Hamberg chickens which are white with beautiful black polka dots! We also have one fairly difficult to catch black rose comb. All of these new hens are bantams, meaning they are small and hopefully will lay small eggs.
Written by Grade 6 student, Seth R.
Our two oldest chickens Frosty and Storm have moved into the coop! They moved into the super coop on March 21st! Before there arrival we created a feeding system out of PVC pipe, this system can hold weeks of food! We also created watering system which can hold about 20Litres of water! This system was made by using a white plastic bucket and poultry nipples! Its super neat!
Hopefully in four more weeks the other ten chickens will move in! How exciting!!
Written by Grade 6 student, Seth R.
Since returning from February break the chicks have become much larger! Frosty and Storm now look like "real" chickens! Last week we all finished our antler coat hooks for the coop. They are mounted and look great! Last week we brought Frosty and storm into the coop to test it out. They seemed really happy! Mr. Callum visited us last week and let us know that Storm and Frosty could probably move into the coop in two weeks! That is awesome! Five of our new chicks seem to be roosters. I think they are roosters because they have very very very cute little red coombs. Mr. Callum will switch these roosters out after we raise them. Two of our old english bantams have coombs and three of our buckeye chicks also have coombs.
Written By Grade 5 Student, Kacee S.
At the end of last week we had 11 chicks. Sadly, an old english bantam that we called Lucky has passed away for unknown reasons. This week we have shared our chicks by giving each other Alpenglow class two. We went into each class and answered questions and concerns that other students had about raising chicks. We showed them how to hold the chicks as well as how often they need to be cleaned and fed. It was tricky to divide up our chicks in the other classes, but it's cool that all students get the chance to raise the chicks. We have two old english bantams that remain in our class.
Written by Grade 5/6 student, Saiche M. on Friday Feb 3, 2017
This week has been very exciting week. We had 12 eggs hatch, 8 buckeyes and 4 old english bantams. They are so cute currently and it was really neat to see them peep and then zipper out of their eggs. We have a live camera on the chicks and then also were able to watch them at home. Some of our eggs did peep but did not survive. Sadly one of our chicks died yesterday as it looked like they did not fully absorb their yolk sack. The old english bantams were about the size of toonie when they hatched!
Today we turned off the incubator, hopefully next week we can look at some of the eggs that did not hatch!
Written by Grade 5/6 Student, Tasmin M.
Last Friday morning we candled all the eggs and think there are 21 eggs that are fertilized. After candling the eggs we sent them blessings and good wishes as we removed the incubator from the rocker and turned the humidity up as high as we could for the eggs remaining three days. We are hoping that they hatch on January 30th or perhaps the 1st or 2nd. Frosty and Storm have discovered the ancient art of flying and are also super happy in their new brooder! After the new hatch hopefully each class will be able to spend some time with the new chicks.