Chickens a coup for school
EGG-CITED pupils at Beech Hall school are enjoying the Good Life by welcoming chickens into their daily routines as part of an entrepreneurial programme.
A chicken coop has been erected at the school for the feathered friends to make it their home.
Committed pupils, who go by the name of the Chicken Committee, will take care of and raise the chickens at the school and the eggs will be sold to the public to raise money for the birds’ continued care and upkeep.
The idea came from new pupil Harry Lyons, 14, who, during his interview for the school, told headmaster, James Allen, that in his spare time he loved to keep chickens. Harry is an avid breeder with more than 60 of the birds and sells the eggs and chicks online to generate extra pocket money.
Mr Allen said: “The idea behind the scheme is that the children learn to look after them and sell the eggs, thereby nurturing valuable business skills. This will be a great project for the pupils, they are all excited to get involved. We’ve even created a Chicken Committee where each pupil gets a badge to show their membership.”
The eggs will be sold in personalised boxes designed by one of the children’s parents, Lydia Causer, who has a design agency, Thrust Creative.
Harry will be on hand to impart his knowledge to the younger pupils. He said: “It’s exciting Mr Allen saw my passion and decided to develop it to benefit the whole school.”