01:22AM, Wednesday 21 March 2012
Spring has sprung at Claires Court School with the welcome addition of nine fluffy chicks.
Pupils and staff at the College, College Avenue, Maidenhead, have been watching 10 eggs over the last week while the new arrivals hatched.
Live pictures of the incubator have been shown on display screens around the school, and are constantly updated on the school website.
On average seven out of 10 eggs will hatch.
Science technician Julie Drysch said: "This has been a real learning curve to watch the first rocking and ‘pipping’ of the eggs as the chicks prepare to emerge into the world and the hope is that all students will benefit from understanding life cycles and genetic variation."
The fluffy additions have also been the source of fundraising for the school's charity week with a competition to name the chick.
The chicks will spend two weeks at the college before moving on to free range homes.
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