Big changes are afoot for our Alpenglow chickens!
After careful consideration and consultation with our chicken expert, Mr. Callum, it has been decided that the current cohort of chickens, raised by Alpenglow students in 2017, will be relocated to join Mr. Callum's brood of chickens. This spring Alpenglow students will raise a new cohort of chicks which will eventually move into the chicken coop to live and lay eggs happily. We will begin this process right after Spring Break by incubating chicken eggs in the Gr. 3/4 classroom. Our Grade 3 students, who will be studying Life Cycles for our next science unit, will be closely monitoring the eggs, and once hatched they will care for the new chicks until the late spring/early summer when they will be ready to move into the coop. Observing and caring for the eggs and chicks will provide rich experiential learning opportunities directly tied to science, health and other areas of study.
Keep watch here in the coming months as we follow the new eggs/chicks as they hatch & grow!
By Jordy, Tucker, Olivia, Kai, Tristen, Norah and Larix
Grade 5/6 Students at Alpenglow School
Alpenglow School looks after 11 chickens. They are kept outside in an atrium located within CCHS. Everyday the grade 5/6 class looks after the chickens by feeding them and giving them water and lots of love. Roughly twice a month we clean their chicken coop. All of our chickens have names! The amount of eggs we are normally receiving at this time of year is about four or five a day. After we collect the eggs we sanitize them and keep them in the fridge. We sell cartons of twelve eggs for a suggested donation of $7. Sometimes we run into problems with our chickens like them getting sick. Recently one of our chickens passed away. Her name was Freddie. Despite the colder temperatures this past week our chickens are doing really well and they are very happy!
Chicken Report by Jewel & Aria
They are laying lots of eggs lately. They love to eat dandelions from the school garden. They do not peck you.
Our Silkie (breed) chicken passed away a few weeks ago. Her name is Leonardo. In February our chickens, including Leonardo, earned two first places and a second place in a chicken show (the North-Central Alberta Poultry Association Show; website:http://www.ncapoultrya.com). Leonardo was on of the first place winners.
The chickens love to cuddle. They are a little noisy. Our class has been needing more egg cartons, and has lots of eggs to give to families. They love to eat food scraps like lettuce, spinach and apples. They will keep laying lots of eggs in good condition if they are taken care of well.
The Alpenglow chickens got a visit from Alberta's minister of Education David Eggen this past Monday morning!
Take a look at the Banff Crag and Canyon's article on his visit!
A few of the Alpenglow chickens are back from their recent competition at the North Central Alberta Poultry Show in Wetaskiwin, Alberta (http://www.ncapoultrya.com/index.html) and have won medals in each event they participated in! They have won two first place ribbons and one second place ribbon!
Congratulations to the Alpenglow and CCHS students that have been instrumental in their safe keeping and care! You have been doing an amazing job and it shows. Keep up the fantastic work!
We can now look forward to a future poultry show competition in a Provincial wide event this summer.
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.
Alpenglow School Poultry Journey
Alpenglow students and their teachers are on an Educational Poultry Journey creating a chicken coop and raising chickens.