Written by Grade 5 Student, Matthew C.
One day in my class, I heard that we were getting chickens! So, once I heard that, I started to wonder where they would live for the first 16 weeks of their life. Where would they play? One night, I decided to build a 16 inch chicken coop mansion for the little furry fellows! I made it out of cardboard, lots and lots of duck tape and I spray painted it gold. I brought it to my school and asked my teacher if the chicks could live in it for a few weeks. He said we would need a heater in there as well as some water for them to drink, but we could use it as a play room for them instead. The chicks love their new mansion!
A first hand account of the hatchings, written by Grade 5 Student, Kacee
We all came to school on December 7th, to the news that a chick was hatching. When I came off the bus in the morning everyone ran up to me and said "eggs are hatching". When we came into the class, we all went over to the incubator and there was a crack in one of the eggs. After that, we did some work until the Assistant Principal, Mr Hans, came in and said "it is out of its shell". Mr Graeme called Mr Callum, our chicken expert, and he helped put the chick into the brooder. The brooder is a Tupperware bin with towels on the floor and food and a water dish. While we were all looking at the chick, another student, was looking in the incubator and she said "another egg has cracked"! Around an hour later, it hatched. and now they are fluffy and happy.
More pictures to come.....Check back soon!
It's been a very exciting night and day for the Grade 5/6 class as well as for the eggs and NEW chicks!. A new chick hatched this morning and another is hatching now!
Written by Alpenglow Grade 5/6 student Sola
After creating the two buildings, the grade 5/6 class built a chicken run, which is approximately 60 square feet. This run is approximately 6 feet tall and is surrounded by chicken wire! In order to finish the coop we also had to paint and build nesting boxes where our chicken will lay non fertilized eggs. On November 14th, Mr. Calum our "chicken expert" came to give us fertilized eggs that our now sitting in the grade 5/6 class, hopefully these eggs will hatch on Dec 5th. The grade 5/6 class also dropped two tonnes of gravel into the run so it does not get so muddy. We dropped this gravel into the chicken run from the top of the atrium using a ramp from Rockwood Landscaping filling up buckets with gravel and sliding it down the ramp! We are so excited as a class for chicks to hatch!
Alpenglow School Poultry Journey
The Alpenglow Grade 5/6 class and their teacher are on an Educational Poultry Journey creating a chicken coop and raising chickens.