You can’t teach the residents of Milton Court Care Centre to suck eggs but you can show them how to hatch them.
Over the Easter period the Kents Hill home invested in a chicken egg hatching programme which proved fascinating to the 80 residents.
Rebecca McKee, activities co-ordinator at Milton Court Care Centre, said: “This venture proved to be one of the most amazing and worthwhile experiences we have had in this home. The response from residents was just fantastic.
“Over the 10 days the atmosphere was brilliant, from morning til night everyone in the building was buzzing, we all had a common interest and people spent hours talking and watching the chicks hatch and then develop. We found that not only did relatives visit but also children, grandchildren and friends came along, even visiting professionals found time to stop to pose for a photograph with a chick or two.
“The experience gave our residents a real sense of responsibility towards the care, cleaning and handling of the chicks.
“During the weekdays we had themed quizzes, crosswords, information posters and talks, photo and certificate sessions, then at the weekend the chicks visited the rooms for a little play one to one.”
The chicks have now returned to free range farms where they will provide eggs to the UK market.