YOUNGSTERS had an eggs-traordinary surprise when they arrived at school last week.
The children at St Joseph’s Primary School, in Hartlepool, have been monitoring the progress of some eggs in an in-school incubator for the last three weeks.
And all eyes were on the eggs as the very first of the chicks hatched on Thursday last week.
The others soon followed and the pupils are now the proud owners of 13 baby chickens.
The different age groups and classes in the school, in Musgrave Road, are now taking turns to look after the newcomers.
Tracy O’Shea, a Year Two teacher and science co-ordinator at the school, said: “The process all started a couple of years ago when we had the Living Eggs company come into our school.
“We decided we wanted the children to get the opportunity to see the process right from the very beginning.”
Now staff at the school are looking for potential owners who can care for them as they grow.
Mrs O’Shea added: “The incubator is fantastic and we also have the breathing box where the chicks are. But unfortunately we don’t have the equipment yet to continue caring for them as they grow.
“We are hoping to buy the equipment in the future and hopefully by selling the chicks we will be able to raise some funds for the school.
“As well as the children learning all about the chicks and how they grow, they are also getting an idea of business. It is like they are running their own little company.”
Any one who is interested in buying one or more of the chicks or any schools who would like to rent the incubator or breathing box should call the school on (01429) 272747.