5th class were busy this month in the garden. They have been watching birds at the bird feeders outside their classroom window for the past month and now that birds are building nests, they decided to try themselves. Pupils were grouped in threes and had to make a nest that would keep a golf ball inside. There were some very good and some very funny results!
Mr. O’Donnell also brought in some frog spawn (teachers have a special licence to remove frog spawn for education. Do not try this at home. It is against the law!) to show the pupils in 5th and senior infants. As well as the frog spawn, there were also some tadpoles with back legs that had not turned into frogs last winter. The frogspawn is now in the school pond.
Finally, we had some sad news with the death of another of our school hens. Minnie had been unwell when Bon Bon died but had recovered. However, the pupils noticed that she was not moving well or making noise last Thursday and when we came into school on Friday, she had died.
We are also taking extra precautions against the new strain of bird flu which is in Ireland. The bird flu strain H5N8, which is carried in the poo of wild birds. Humans cannot contract the bird flu but it can pass to flocks of hens. The flu causes birds to lay funny shaped eggs and swelling in their heads. The hens are being kept under their cover for longer each day and their food is being protected from wild birds so they are not attracted near the hens.