Spring has sprung at a number of Sanctuary Care homes, after the residents welcomed baby chicks into the world.
In Hertfordshire, Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home in Hatfield took delivery of nine eggs for the residents and the team to watch hatch.
Checking in on their fluffy friends every day, residents watched the eggs in an incubator before they hatched into three males and six females, before feeding and caring for them.
“…they are absolutely fabulous.”
Joyce Lambert, 92, said: “I’ve been keeping an eye on the chicks since the first one hatched – they are absolutely fabulous.”
Jean Taylor, who is 87 years old added: “It was lovely to see the chicks up close, I’ve never held one before.”
Meanwhile in Oxfordshire, residents in Iffley Residential and Nursing Home also enjoyed the delivery of fluffy friends.
Residents named their egg-stra special friends after the home’s team with the first three chicks being named Davina, Sheila and Diane.
“I could watch them all day.”
72- year-old resident Dorothy Booth said: “They are so cute. I could watch them all day.”
Fellow resident Peggy Emery, who is 88 years old added: “They are just lovely and so soft and sweet to hold.”
The home’s activities assistant Rachel Bearn said: “Our residents have absolutely loved having the chicks here – watching them hatch from eggs and being too small to hold to now being able to enjoy a cuddle has been magical and something we have all enjoyed.”
The chicks were part of the ‘Living Eggs’ project, where care homes and schools get the chance to see chicks hatching and then have the opportunity to handle and look after them for around 10 days, before they are rehomed.