By Molly Finegan Communications Department, Gugalaí Gug Egg Company
On Monday morning, Mr O’Donnell came into our classroom at half ten and said there has been a delay. He told us to go out at five past twelve. My two classmates and I went outside. Mr O’Donnell explained how to do the hens. In the mornings we went out to the garden and let out the hens.
At around a quarter to eleven we are supposed to go out and bring a bowl for the eggs. Then we put on gloves, a jacket and wellies. First we count the hens to make sure there were eight hens. Then we check the food and water. Soon after we opened the coop and we are to pick up any poo lying about. Then we would replace any wet shavings with dry shavings. Then we would scrape off the poo on top of the nesting box. After that we check for eggs usually there are around five or six eggs. Then we put them in a bowl and we bring them in at the end of break.
At a quarter past twelve we are supposed to go down the back of the classroom with some of our lunch to wash the eggs and I am meant to fill in the log and my classmates do their jobs of delivering eggs to people and keeping track of the money. Then we are to go out to the garden again to check for more eggs because there is always at least one which is laying in the middle of the day. So we usually get another egg or two when we check.
At a quarter to three we are to go back out and we put on red overshoes and then we get all of the hens back in the henhouse by saying chuck chuck chuck!. Then we count all of the hens to make sure that they are all there. Then we put the lock on the gate and listen until it clicks. I loved doing the hens. All of the hens are so friendly. I hope to do it again soon. My favourite part was washing the eggs.
Note from Mr. O’Donnell – Molly, in the USA they have chicken coops but we have hen houses!