CHICKS COME HOME TO ROOST AT BUPA’S SOUTHLANDS!
Residents and employees at Bupa’s Southlands Nursing and Residential Home, Ripon Road, Harrogate are welcoming some new recruits to the home in the form of recently hatched chicks. The 11 chicks, four of which have been named by residents as ‘Henrietta’, ‘Ron’, ‘Mary’ and ‘Fifi’ are from a batch of 12 eggs and have been supplied by Living Eggs who provide life cycle education programmes that enable community groups to see chicks hatching from their eggs. The two week programme supplied the home with the eggs, incubators and a brooder box which comes complete with heat, light, bedding, feed and water to keep the chicks cosy and comfortable, whilst allowing residents and staff easy access and observation. The chicks will be at the home until the beginning of September before been adopted by the daughter of Margaret Fourrier, housekeeper, who owns a small holding complete with chickens. Val Storey, activity co-ordinator at Bupa’s Southlands says: “The team has grown really attached to them and we will be sad to see them go. This initiative has proved extremely popular with residents, relatives, staff and their children. Their presence has brought back great sentimental memories for our residents, most of whom have had a hand in raising their own chicks when they were younger.”