Caring for Animals
Saplings has one pekin bantam chicken for children to enjoy. Sadly we lost Gertrude, our musk turtle in April 2019.
From time to time we use the services of a specialist company to bring additional animals that would be impossible for us to house and care for that enrich the children's learning about the world around them and species that support the environmental balances in our world.
Chickens are the favourites among the children, we first incubated hens way back in 2008. We have one Pekin bantam hen remaining. We are planning to acquire 2 additional Bluebell hens in the Spring of 2020. Both breeds are a lovely variety for young children as they are so gentle and tame. We hatched 'Babe' our bantam hen 7 years ago in the nursery. To increase the number of hens at the moment we need to find a larger breed, as 'Babe' is very dominant in the hen world and she will not accept her own breed. It goes without saying that she is lovely with the children , who, if they remain calm, can feed her from the palm of their hand.
Gertrude our musk turtle was adopted in 2010
Update. Gertrude passed away April 2019. Amber took her home to be buried in her garden. RIP Gertrude over the Rainbow Bridge with all our other lovely pets x