New chicks delight St Albans care home residents

PUBLISHED: 14:32 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:32 24 April 2017

Eileen Cook, who will be 103 this year.

Eileen Cook, who will be 103 this year.

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Hatching chicks captivated and mesmerised the residents of a St Albans care home over Easter.

People living at Verulam House Nursing and Residential Home got to watch as 10 eggs hatched in an incubator, before interacting with the little bundles of fluff once they were ready.

The chicks were taken around rooms, so less mobile people did not miss out.

Social welfare officer at the care home, Erica Holmes, said: “They loved it, they were mesmerised watching them hatch, watching them grow, and being able to handle them.”

She added that the whole process was “fascinating” and a great talking point for the residents.

It took only one day, from April 10 to 11, for the eggs to fully hatch.

Living Eggs provides the embryo eggs and equipment needed for schools and care homes - the chicks are rehomed on free range farms after the experience.

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