One of our school hens, Bon Bon, is ill at the minute as she is egg bound. An egg is inside but won’t come out. We have had several visits to the vet in Slane, Frances Harvey, to try to solve the problem. Bon Bon now has a temperature and an infection. Hens have a very complicated digestive system so we do not know why it has happened. She has been on a course of antibiotics, painkillers and medicine called oxytocin to start the egg moving. If the egg stays inside then unfortunately she will die. We have been giving the medication to her in school because she needs it twice a day. Eggs cannot be sold to families for two weeks after the medication has ended so there will be a delay in production this September.
Last year’s fifth class did a super job running the egg company in the school and the new fifth class pupils will be taking charge of the school hens and the Gugalaí Gug egg company during this school year. The company is divided into four sections
- Communications – posting an update weekly on the school website.
- Stock control and hygiene – letting the hens out each morning, collecting eggs, cleaning the henhouse, replacing food and water, putting the hens in each evening and logging all details in the log book.
- Accounts – sending letters to families who wish to buy eggs, collecting money and entering amounts in the school account.
- Distribution – cleaning and boxing eggs and giving them out to families on the waiting list.
The company has been a great success so far. All pupils will receive training in all aspects of running the company. A rota will be put in place so that everybody gets their turn. We have a policy on the keeping of poultry on our school website, have a registered flock number and have had our henhouse inspected by a Co. Meath district vet. We look forward to a profitable year.