Thursday, 11 October 2012

Hens, eggs and mathematical patterns

Here's our small flock of hens,

 living happily in the big garden.

 One of the hens went broody in the Summer.

 She set up nest on a comfy bag of sawdust.

 Geoff bought 11 fertilised eggs. 
He was told to buy an odd number, as they can be arranged better.  
3 cream legbars, 3 speckled sussex, 3 buff sussex and 2 light sussex.

 So we investigated odd and even numbers of eggs, 
and how they fitted together in a nest.

 We really didn't come to any conclusion about odd/even egg patterns,
 but we enjoyed the activity!
We followed this up, by doing some mathematical work on patterns.

 20 days later, on a Sunday morning the eggs started to hatch.

 Feather-to-feather contact!

The chicks were soon strong enough to explore the garden. It was amazing to watch them with the mother hen. They copied everything she did, if she scratched, they scratched. When she ruffled her wings, so would they. The mother stayed with them until she started laying again, and then she returned to the flock. It was very sad to see the now 'teen' chicks, cheeping for their Mum.
We are just wondering how many cockerels we have...


  1. hello :) hopping around the blogring :) we are considering having some chickens come the spring! think neighbours wouldn't want us to have cockerells

  2. I love the photo with the chicks under her! How sweet!

  3. I see you have at least one! :D I love the way you framed the story. You are definitely learning *chicken math*! (

  4. Blog hopping :D

    Congratulations on your new additions!!! :D

    Had a nosey at your walk up Mam Tor ~ wow, what a beautiful day you had for it!

  5. Ohhhh I love chickens!! We had some and a broody chook. We bought day olds and but them under her. She was such an awesome Mum. I have fond memories of her bocking gently while she introduced her babies to dust baths. Sadly, we had to move house and we couldn't take our brood (of 10!) with us. Seeing this post has brought back such lovely memories. Thank you.

  6. What a neat way to bring real life into your learning! Please feel free to come and share on Waldorf Wednesday-- this is just the sort of "real life" experience we're looking for!

  7. oh I'm fascinated by the broody's nest on a sawdust bail!

    one of my favourite books is Jane's Country Year by Malcolm Saville, and her aunt puts the broody hen in a special little 'house' coop all by her self, to keep her on the nest, and only let her out for a bit every day...

    Didn't realise you didn't have to do that!

  8. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  9. Thank you for reading my blog post, glad you enjoyed it!



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