Our New Feathered Friends

 
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Who would’ve thought that Giggles would have free-range chickens?

About seven years ago, before we had our big green playground, we had a small sandpit for children on the green platform of land behind the centre.

The sandpit wasn’t the biggest. Fast forward seven years and our sandpit is located down on our huge green playground – three times bigger, more sand, easily accessible for children, with a mud kitchen, and enjoyed by our babies through to our preschoolers.

Our larger sandpit, located down in our large green playground.

Our larger sandpit, located down in our large green playground.

 A couple of weeks ago, we had a light bulb moment. We’d only thought about using half the space on the green platform for a vegetable and herb garden. Why not transform the old sandpit structure into a chicken coup?

Children have a huge interest in animals at Giggles and have been helping in the mornings to clean out Flash’s hutch and feed him. Flash is our centre guinea pig. When Flash first arrived at our centre last year, Flash was a little shy, but now he loves having the children around.

Flash, our much loved guinea pig loves his daily carrot from tamariki.

Flash, our much loved guinea pig loves his daily carrot from tamariki.

With the experience of taking care of Flash, and excited about the trips to the pet store to pick out fish for the centre fish tank. Children have been talking about the animals they’ve seen in the pet shop, and pets or animals they have had home.

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 There has been much excitement about the arrival of the chickens. But first, our feathered friends needed a safe, dry space to call home.

Contributing to building our chicken coup.

Contributing to building our chicken coup.

Brennan and tamariki began working together to transform the old sandpit structure into a huge chicken coup. There is a space inside the coup, for our friends to sleep and lay their eggs, and an area to scratch around, and grass to roam.

Nearly complete.

Nearly complete.

Shredding newspaper for our chickens to nest.

Shredding newspaper for our chickens to nest.

Making sure that each nesting box has enough shredded newspaper.

Making sure that each nesting box has enough shredded newspaper.

Discussing where the chickens will live, sleep and lay their eggs.

Discussing where the chickens will live, sleep and lay their eggs.

Welcome to Giggles:)

Welcome to Giggles:)

Our new feathered friends are settling into their new environment, and we look forward to our first eggs to use in our cooking and baking.

 Our next focus is to name our chickens.

 Have you raised chicken’s before? What did you call your chickens?


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