Ipswich: Newborn chicks are an Easter treat for care home

The newborn chicks at Sidegate Lane Nursing Home.

The newborn chicks at Sidegate Lane Nursing Home. - Credit: Archant

A CRACKING project has given a group of older people an early Easter treat.

Carer Leeanna Fountain helps resident April hold the chicks that hatched at Sidegate Lane Nursing Ho

Carer Leeanna Fountain helps resident April hold the chicks that hatched at Sidegate Lane Nursing Home. - Credit: Archant

Sidegate Lane Nursing Home took delivery of 12 eggs as part of a Living Eggs Experience.

The eggs came to the home a few days from hatching and were kept in an incubator where the residents could watch them hatch and then handle the newborn chicks.

Manager Michala Hartley-Brown said: “The Living Eggs project company sent us a flyer and I thought it would be beneficial for the residents.

“The residents have interacted with them quite a bit. A lot of our residents spent time as farm hands when they were younger and it brought back memories for them.

“Watching them hatch was a big thing for them. They held them and fed them.

“It’s been a really positive stimulus for them.”

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All 24 residents at the Sidegate Lane home got involved in the 12-day project.

“We have a lot of residents with dementia,” Mrs Hartley-Brown explained. “And for those that can’t join in the other activities we offer – those that can’t communicate or move – it was something they enjoyed.

“We took them into the bedrooms and had them running on the beds.

“One resident, Kath, spends most of her time in bed and she laughed and smiled at them, it was lovely.

“Our home supports people with a wide range of needs so experiences like this are great because they can be enjoyed by anyone at the home.”

The chicks were due to be returned on Friday, but activities leader and care assistant Leeanna Fountain fell in love with the little birds and decided to adopt them.

“She got her husband to build a chicken run in the garden so she could take them home,” Mrs Hartley-Brown said.

She added: “We’ll definitely be doing something like this again.”