Seven ducklings hatch in library of Norwich infant school
PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 March 2016
Children have been enjoying a quacking time in their school library after seven ducklings hatched there.
The clutch of eggs were given to Cecil Gowing Infants by a north Norfolk farm to help teach youngsters about life cycles.
A special incubator and water tray were set up in the library of the school in Falcon Road West, Norwich, and the seven ducklings pecked their way out of their shells last week.
Jenny Lane-Smith, year one class teacher, said: “The ducklings were very sleepy at first, but then they started following each other round, particularly in the water.
“The children were so excited and it’s amazing how much they remember about them.
“They keep asking ‘how are the ducks’, and they really enjoy watching them.
“The children who were initially quite scared of them have really come round to them.”
All 180 pupils at the school see the animals daily, and look forward to “duck time”.
Youngsters, aged four to seven-years-old, named the ducklings - with winning suggestions including Fluffy, Colin and Donald Honey Buzz.
A baby duck is called a duckling, an adult male is a drake and an adult female is a hen or, simply, a duck.
There are several collective nouns for a group of ducks, including a paddling and a raft.
Ducklings are covered with down and able to walk and leave the nest within hours of hatching. The term for this early relative maturity is precocial.
All ducks have highly waterproof feathers, meaning the underlayer stays dry, even underwater.
The moment that they hatched was filmed and shown to children in an assembly, as the children discovered it took each duck 100 pecks to hatch.
Ducklings are set to return to their farm later this week.
Ms Lane Smith had the idea to bring ducks to the school after speaking to teacher friends who had previously done it at other schools.
“We will absolutely be doing it every year now forever,” she added.