The 46 residents at the retirement scheme in Rushden,
Northampton, first looked after chicks last year, and enjoyed it so
much that Activity Co-ordinator Ray Fortuin decided to do it
His idea has proved popular and many of the residents are
dreading saying goodbye to their new friends. Dougie Dylan said
that he wanted to keep one in his flat. "They're my little babies,"
he said. "I've learnt to tell them apart, and I think they're
Resident Norma Argent said that she has loved seeing the 11
little birds every day. She comes to sit with them in the mornings.
"I can't pick them up because I have bad hands and they might spasm
and I could hurt them or drop them, but I can stroke them and say
hello," she said.
Ray said that the chicks have been popular with visitors to the
scheme as well. "We've had lots of families come along to see them.
Because you have to go past the activity room to get to the flats,
people hear the chirping and they come in - not just kids, but
people in their forties and fifties too."
The chicks are leaving the scheme today to go and live with a
staff member's sister. Ray said: "It's really great, because she
lives very close and she'll take photos to show to the residents
and they can even visit if they want to. And at least we know they
won't be ending up on anyone's plate!"
Picture: Dougie Dylan with one of the
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