Monday, 12 July 2010

Ducks at The Coombes School

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6 comments:

jenny said...

Wow, what an impressive project. And Ping was one of my favorite books as a child too Juliet. I must try and find it to read to my 6 year old.

Teacher Tom said...

I'm so tempted to get chickens, but I worry that they'll spend too much of their lives alone at the school, especially over weekends. How does a place like Coombes handle that? Or is it an issue with livestock?

As you might guess, my parents were farmers, but I'm pure city boy!

Juliet Robertson said...

Hi Tom

It is an issue with livestock. When I worked at an outdoor centre that had a farm, then the staff still did the chores over the weekend.

I'm not sure what happens at Coombes but I presume it will be staff or parents who help out. Chickens must have access to fresh water and be safe from foxes or other predators at night.

With some animals staff can transport them between home and school. I've seen this happen with guinea pigs.

If you want more info, one of my oldest friends, Wendy, blogs about the hens in her garden and her blog is on my blogroll.

SquiggleMum said...

So much to love here. I especially enjoyed the children's chalk drawings of the ducks!

jenny said...

My oldest son's class is researching what they will need to do / consider to keep chickens at school Tom so I will let you know what they come up with. I have 2 chooks at home, and think that if you have a safe enclosure that would be okay on the weekends. Holidays I think we would handle by getting a family to take them home - we have a fair few chook owners so they could bunk in together.

Sherry and Donna said...

I agree with Cath those chalk drawings are very cute! It's so nice the children have live 'models' to inspire them.
Donna :) :)