Room 12 have made a photo journal of their recent walking tour of Knocklyon with Tomás Maher. Click on the link below to see it.
New Chicks on the Block
On Friday the 12th of October 4th classes walked down to the foyer and listened to Billy Lanaghan from Kilkenny talking about the chicken eggs that Ms. O Gara brought to our school. This unusual item was the top prize from the Laura Lynn Foundation for collecting the most batteries. Mr. Lanaghan was an expert on poultry and told us lots of interesting facts about them. After hatching he side that the chicks would grow fully in 11 to 12 weeks. They would then be mature enough to lay their own eggs. We all listened to him saying the names of the chickens and their body parts. Mick the Chick, Sean Scully, Zeus, Aphrodite and Pumpkin. He brought up the question of which came first, the egg or the chicken. I think the chicken. What do you think? Chickens are the most common bird on Earth that are kept for their eggs and meat. There are over 19 billion chickens on the planet. If eggs are kept by the mother it becomes a chick but when it is kept away from the mother, a chick does not come out instead a yoke develops that can be eaten. A few more facts - the egg actually came first. The first chickens are the closest living relatives to dinosaurs. Alektorphobia is the fear of chickens. For some reason, the droppings made by a chicken in its lifetime is enough energy to power a 100 watt lightbulb for 5 hours. Only male chickens make a crowing noise. 8,000,000,000 chickens are eaten by Americans every year. Chickens lay eggs based on earlobe colour white lobe make white eggs generally red and dark lobed hens make brown eggs arcana chickens lay green and blue eggs. Some call them Easter egg chickens. One of the teachers brought the hatched chickens down with him to Co. Limerick and they have become famous and can be seen roaming about free-range.