This Light Sussex cockerel and Rhode Island Red hens could be the parents of this year's hatching eggs.

This Light Sussex cockerel and Rhode Island Red hens could be the parents of this year’s hatching eggs.

Today saw the start of the 2014 Hatch & Brood programme. Coordinated by our Education and Farm departments, this scheme allows school groups to witness development firsthand in their own classrooms.

This year our hatching eggs come from Tatsfield and are a sex-linked variety, which means cockerels and hens can be distinguished by their feather colour at the time of hatching. The birds are a cross between Rhode Island Red and Light Sussex. This means a Light Sussex sire and Rhode Island Red hen will produce yellow male chicks and brown female chicks, something we hopefully be able to demonstrate for you in three weeks time!

Good luck to all of our participating schools! We’ll keep our fingers crossed for a clutch of happy and healthy chicks!

The parents of this years' Hatch & Brood eggs have plenty of room to roam.

The parents of this years’ Hatch & Brood eggs have plenty of room to roam.

Happy free-range chickens raised on organic breeders pellets.

Happy free-range chickens raised on organic breeders pellets.


About Mudchute

Mudchute Park & Farm. One of the largest city farms in London with 32 acres of countryside in the middle of the Isle of Dogs.

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