The chicks have hatched.
They hatched last week in fact, and are now running around the warm, cosy brooder at high speed, not a care in the world. Fourteen of them survived and are in the brooder rushing about. Number 17 hatched first and is massive, running around, knocking over the other chicks. Most of them are black, that means they are black rock chicks, originating in Scotland, and four of them are white that means they are la bresse gauloise chicks, originating in France. The chicks are now growing feathers on their wings and tails and are now trying to fly around the brooder. Some of the chicks are standing up straight and are a little bit more aggressive. We think these are cockerels. We need to weigh them to check they are well and putting on weight. Remember to put gloves and lab coats on! Otherwise we could pass germs on to the chicks, causing them to get diseases. We have to gingerly place them on the scales making sure they don’t make a bid for freedom and fly round the school. Most of the chicks are around 50-55grams. There is a weak chick, number 14, that we need to keep an eye on. We needed to come up with a way of remembering who was on what job, so we made a rota! The jobs are feeding them, giving them fresh water, cleaning out the poo, data recorder, and weighing them. The P5-7s have been working with Patrick and he has been teaching us about the chicks. We have made a hypothesis that the white chicks will grow faster because they are bred for meat and the black ones are bred for eggs. But Patrick says that with a hypothesis you need a null hypothesis as well to disprove your hypothesis. A null hypothesis is basically you flip your hypothesis round so our null hypothesis is that there is no difference between the chicks, so we need to prove it wrong, and so far according to the chart our hypothesis is right! The chicks are amazing creatures and I’m happy we got them in the classroom.
By Jessica Corrigan, P7
The chicks hatched, they hatched last week. The chicks are so cute they have puffed up into fluff balls. There are four La Bresse Gauloise chicks and ten Black Rock chicks. The La Bresse Gauloise chicks are from France and they are white the Black Rock chicks are from Scotland and they are black with yellow and white spots. We have moved the chicks into a big brooder were its nice and warm. They are running about all around the brooder they are even trying to fly. Their feathers have come out and they are growing so much. Number 17 is the biggest because it was the first to hatch. We think that he is a cockerel because he stands up really straight like cockerels do. We weigh the chicks every day, they get harder and hared to catch every day to weigh them. Some of the chicks try and get out of the weighing box. We have made a job rota for us to do for the chicks. The chicks need plenty of food and water and they need to be kept warm. The jobs we need to do daily are feed them, fill up the water, wash the tray under the brooder, record the data, weight the chicks and clear out the poo. The p5,6 and 7 hypothesis is that white chicks will grow faster than the black ones because the white chicks are bred for eating so they bigger. Our null hypothesis is that both colours will have the same growth rate. We have put ropes around the brooder and a sign saying do not cross unless you have permission so that no one bangs into the brooder as it will scare the chicks and make them fall over. Today when I was weighing the chicks one of the chicks jumped up onto the top of the water bottle thing, and some of the chicks stand in the food. I love having the chicks in the class room. Their are my favourite thing in the class room.
by Merryn Hall,P6
Today we weighed the chicks and the little one that wasn’t well is getting heavier. It is happy now. It was the first time we cleaned their poo we needed to scrub and scrub and pour water to clean it. We have to wear gloves and our lab coats. The chicks are now growing feathers. They are getting bigger.
By Jago and Karmen P2
For the chicks to hatch they poke a hole through the egg, it took the chicks 21 days to hatch. We taught the chicks how to eat and drink, we have 14 chicks in our brooder. If the heater turns off the chicks wake up because they only like the warmth. We made a rota to tell us who is on what job, we give them water every day. We will weigh them everyday. When they are in the brooder they keep nice and cosy.
By Karmen and Jago P2