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Did you spot our newest twin lambs and adorable Aylesbury ducklings on ITV’s “This Morning” show this morning? They were on the programme live alongside Adam Henson. Ewe and lambs were very settled on set, relaxing among the straw bales. Despite a little London traffic, they had a relaxing journey to and from the studios, taking it all in their stride. The twins even got the nicknames Phillip and Holly!

The programme also featured some of our young Aylesbury ducklings, which are adorable yellow balls of down and their own duckling cam!

Missed the show? You can watch on demand at ITV here and appear about 1 hour and 20 minutes into the programme.

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Living on a city farm, our animals are accustomed to a bustling environment and lots of visitors. This means they are calm, confident and relaxed in a range of unusual situations and our experienced farm team can also advise on ensuring conditions are suitable whether on or off site. If you are looking for farmyard cameos or extras, get in touch by emailing us at farm@mudchute.org to find out how we can work together!

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Hatching is underway at Mudchute, with the first of Spring’s arrivals making their way into the world. We welcomed our first ducklings last week. The newly hatched ducklings include a mix of Aylesbury and Runner ducklings and will be joined by further ducklings and chicks over the coming weeks and months.

These precocious youngsters spend nearly a month developing in the egg and are capable of walking and feeding themselves shortly after breaking free of the egg. However, breaking the eggshell from within is hard work. Chicks and ducklings first begin with an “internal pip” internally breaking into the air sac a the wide end of the egg, taking their first breaths. They then break the egg shell (an “external pip”) before they begin to unzip the shell.

Watching the growth and development of the embryos is fascinating and we’ve shared some of the process previously here on the blog. We’re also happy to share the experience with local school groups who participate in our Hatch and Brood programme, where eggs are incubated right in the classroom. Good luck to all of our participating schools! To find out more about the programme including how your school can take part, please visit our Education pages.