A clutch of former battery hens have found their new home at a Devon school.
South Molton Community Primary School has adopted four chickens from the British Hen Welfare Trust, which is based in the town, and they will help form part of the children’s learning.
Members of South Molton Men’s Shed group gave up their time to build a new chicken coop for the school, some using their previous engineering experience. Men’s Shed groups are organisations for sharing skills, helping community projects and socialising.
The endeavour was very much a group effort as some of the children also helped to transport the chicken run through the school.
Headteacher Tom Parkin wanted the children to look after chickens as it was one of the challenges on the 100 Challenge Award the school is taking part in, which is 100 non-curriculum activities they want the children to engage in.
Mr Parkin said: “We really wanted chickens for a while, but we could not do it ourselves so these guys really helped put it together. Each class will take turns in going out to look after them.”
The children are full of enthusiasm and have already begun collecting some of the eggs, which the school hopes to sell to parents.
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