Spring chicks prove pleasant surprise for care home residents

Residents enjoy the chicks at Bethune Court

Residents enjoy the chicks at Bethune Court

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A CARE home has nine new guests - each one a spring chicken. Staff at Bethune Court brought 10 chicken eggs and put them in an incubator so residents could watch the chickens break out of the eggs.

But to everyone’s surprise, just two days after being put in the incubator nine of the chicks hatched early.

Home business manager, Emma Rich-Spice, said everyone was thrilled with the early arrivals and decided to keep them.

She said: “Staff will keep the chickens to provide free range eggs for their meals as well as bring them in at different stages for residents to watch their progress.

“We thought rather than just get some adult hens to bring into the home, it would be wonderful to watch them hatch and grow.

“The chicks have created a lot of excitement and everyone wants to come and see them.”

The nine chicks, made up of five hens and four cockerels, have proved a popular draw at the Boscobel Road, St Leonards, home, with families of residents bringing in children to see them.