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.


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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I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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