Tweet treat as chicks hatch at Sheringham playgroup

Four-year-olds Phoebe Kett and Oliver Wood with an Easter chick hatched at Ladybird Nursery, Shering

Four-year-olds Phoebe Kett and Oliver Wood with an Easter chick hatched at Ladybird Nursery, Sheringham. - Credit: Archant

Tots at Sheringham nursery Ladybird got an Easter surprise, when six fluffy chicks hatched from eggs brought along by an Ipswich farmer.

The cheeping chicks, all of which have been adopted by parents, were part of a life cycle education programme run by UK-wide company Living Eggs.

Schools and nurseries are provided with ready-to-hatch eggs, complete with incubator, brooder box, posters and books, as well as a seven-day-a-week helpline offering information and advice on caring for chicks.

Ladybird staff took delivery of their eggs a week ago and, after a three-day wait, youngsters watched as six chicks made their entrance, just in time for the Easter holidays. As well as feeding and handling the brood, the two-four-year-olds took part in chicken-themed activities.

'It has been a real joy to see the children's reactions,' said nursery manager Louise Brock. 'And they have not only learned about life cycles, but also about caring for animals and being gentle.'


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