To mark National Pet Month, residents at Scarbrough Court, in Cramlington, Northumberland have recently started a Chick Hatching Programme with Living Eggs, a nationwide company who provide a two weeks comprehensive programme to hatch chicks in schools, nurseries and care homes.
Living Eggs aim to provide a stimulating social interaction for everyone, and for residents to remember the ‘good old days’ when every family had chickens in their gardens.
Residents at Scarbrough Court, which supports older people with residential care, nursing care and residential dementia support, received an incubator of 10 eggs, which they had to nurture. Eventually, after 24 hours, they were able to watch the baby chicks hatch from their eggs. The residents were delighted to meet the affectionate animals, who were happy to be petted and stroked.
Taking part in this activity, resident Jean Hubb said:
This is fantastic. It reminds me of when I was young and had chicks in school!
Stacey Louise, Scarbrough Court’s Activities Coordinator, said:
It was really lovely to see the residents’ faces light up when the chicks finally hatched from their eggs. They brought joy and calmness to our residents, which is wonderful for their mental health and wellbeing. Also, they were able to get very close and feel the chicks’ breath and feathers, and this was a particularly joyful experience for residents with visual problems.
[Summary: To mark National Pet Month, residents at Scarbrough Court, in Cramlington, Northumberland received an incubator of 10 eggs from Living Eggs, which they had to nurture. They were delighted to meet the affectionate animals, who were happy to be petted and stroked.]