Susanne De Sena from year 12 writes...
After winning the Jack Petchey award, I decided to use the money given to us by the Jack Petchey foundation to fund a chicken project with the students at APS. The project I chose was to incubate ten fertilised chicken eggs and I looked after the chicks for two weeks with the help of a group of animal lovers from key stage 3 and key stage 4.
After incubation, 8 of the eggs hatched perfectly healthily but one sadly died. The other chick had to be removed from its shell by the talented technician, Mr. Davies and Ms. David, honorary midwifes, after some traumatic first moments of life. We named him Rocky and he is now healthy and well integrated with the other chicks.
It was a very rewarding experience; bringing and looking after fluffy, chirping new life and seing how much joy it brought to the younger students, teachers and other people who wanted to see and hold the young chicks.
It was a great experience. Thank you to the Jack Petchey foundation.
The entire hatching process was filmed over the course of a couple of days, and has been edited / condensed by our media technician Sam Redfearn. Watch the hatching below.