Meet Sunshine, Rainbow, Flower, and Sparkles who are our chickens. They all hatched here at St Peter's and are all female chickens, called hens.
The chickens live in a large coop in a special enclosure on our school field. Every class has a special day when it is their turn to check on the chickens, top up their food and collect the eggs which we often use for cooking in school - they are delicious!
More interesting chicken facts:
- Chickens are related to the Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur.
- There are more chickens in the world than any other species of bird.
- A healthy chicken lays about 265 eggs each year.
- Chickens cluck after they lay an egg.
- As a chicken gets older the eggs they lay become bigger but fewer eggs are laid.
- Chickens will be less nervous if you walk backwards when entering the coop.
- Most chickens swallow gravel to help mash food.
- Chickens have excellent hearing and memory.
- There are well over 300 breeds of chickens.
(Adapted from: https://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-chickens)