Six of the Best!
We are the proud owners of six fat hens! They came to us in recognition of the children choosing healthy school lunches and live within the allotment garden.
The hens provide children opportunities for animal husbandry and they produce some cracking eggs that we use in breakfast club, cooking club and that we also sell through the school office.
The whole school community is involved in the hens’ welfare, with parents helping to look after them at the weekends and during the school holidays.
You can follow their progress with QM’s live solar-powered Chicken Cam below:
- Teaching assistant and gardening lead Sam Kelly is Mother Hen. She arranges weekend and holiday care.
- We ran a competition among pupils to name the chickens. They are called Queen, Silvia, Esther, Talulah, Speckles and Doodle Do.
- Esther is a bit of a tyrant and is clearly top of the pecking (!) order. She gets first refusal on food and only when satisfied does she allow the others to eat.
- Queen’s Manor won the chickens in a competition run by Eden Foodservice for the highest take-up of school meals in Hammersmith and Fulham.
- Friends of Queen’s Manor stalwarts Elaine and Vic clean the chickens coup out every week and liaise with Sam on weekend and holiday care.
- Site manager Nigel Westwood and FoQM designed and built the coup to prevent hungry foxes from eating our chickens.
- The chickens’ favourite vegetables are sweetcorn, carrot peelings, cucumber, pumpkins, peas and cauliflower. But most of all they love a tray of warm porridge.
- Alex Gingell, our digital supremo, came up with idea of the Chicken Cam “to bring the outdoors, indoors”.
- The eggs are used for Breakfast Club and class baking. Left-overs are sold for £1.50 per half dozen from the school office, to help pay for the chickens.
- Our Cam is solar-powered. If it’s not working that’s probably because the panels have not received enough sun and the battery is low.