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.
Written by Ella W.
Mr. Graeme's grade 5/6 class now received 27 new eggs from Mr. Callum. We received these eggs January 9th when Mr. Callum came in to meet with the class. These new eggs are "old English Bantam eggs" as well as "buckeyes" like our current chicken "Frosty". Frosty and Storm are quite big now and we will be moving them into the high school's green house so they can move to larger brooder!
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.