On Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th May, Susie (and her Daddy the gamekeeper!) invited us to the estate hatchery to see the newly hatched pheasant and partridge chicks.
...we had to go into a dark shed and quickly shut the door to keep it nice and warm for the chicks, and keep our voices down so that we didn't scare them!
Then after admiring them from a distance, we were able to see both the pheasant and partridge chicks up close and even give them a little stroke as long as we were very gentle!
The next shed held the incubators, we were shown how the trays are moved round with the flick of a switch! Then shining a light into the different eggs Susie's Daddy let us see which held a chick!
The children asked about the "mummy and daddy pheasants", so next we were shown all of them, outside in large pens.
All of the eggs are collected from the pens (7-800 a day!!) and put into the incubators. We have been invited back to see the chicks being transferred to the pens to explore the great outdoors and we are already looking forward to that!