Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Chicks away

Yesterday we took the chicks on the first leg of their long adventure.
The eggs came from Nelson in the South Island and now the chicks will return to the South Island, to live in Marlborough.

Ms Jones will be taking them down there at Christmas in her van. They are going to live with her daughter Sophie and her family.

Here are some pictures of our trip to Ms Jones's house to deliver the chicks.

Morning tea at Ms Jones's house

Walking through Seeley's Gully


Chicks in their new temporary home
Checking out their house


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

TEENAGE CHICKS and other things.

The chicks are now four and a half weeks old. 
In chicken years that makes them teenagers.
They are halfway between being chicks and adult chickens and so they are a bit untidy and odd looking. They have lots of their new feathers, but still lots of baby fluff, especially around their heads.

Morning tea time.
Mmmmm, strawberries.
Much better tasting than cockroaches!

Hei Hei is learning to perch

Sunshine is getting pretty neck feathers.

Beating the heat

Acorn perching and drinking.

Shadow is showing her speckled adult feathers.

What a contrast to this! This was what they looked like  only three weeks ago.
Chicks sure grow up fast.

 But we haven't only been raising avian chicks in Room 13!

If you came to the food festival last week you would have seen these gorgeous girls dressed up to perform in Bollywood.

And in the classroom we have been making collage pictures.

Down on Putikitiki we practiced some activities for Whanau Sports next week.
Here we are in the campsite that was made by some senior kids.

Boy in a small space.

Boy in a box.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Chicken collage

Our chickens have inspired art and poetry .....

If you're wondering why so many of the poems are about cockroaches, well, we have discovered that chicks LOVE cockroaches. And everyone has been finding or bringing them to school to feed to the chicks.

When we drop a live cockroach into the chick pen they go nuts. Whoever gets it has to run to try and keep it from the others. The others all chase the one who has it and we cheer them on. Hazelnut often wins. She is the most adventurous and quick-witted chicken.