Over the weekend Mr B and his family took great care of Hope, feeding her, keeping her warm, giving her soft toys to make her feel safe and strengthening her legs.
Julia took over mummy duties on Monday taking small groups of students to feed Hope and exercise her legs every 2 hours during the day. Hope made it through Monday night in the school house and came back to school on Tuesday. She struggled to stay warm, whether in the incubator or not and was much less responsive when being fed. By lunchtime we knew that she was not doing very well. She passed away on Monday afternoon.
Today we took peach trees donated to us from a Waikino resident and buried Hope, along with her incubator buddies, the eggs that had not hatched underneath these trees.
For some students burying Hope was upsetting, they have worked so hard to take care of these eggs and wondered if we had done something wrong. Julia kindly offered to open some of the eggs so that we could switch on our science brains, apply what we had learnt about chicken embryo development and see if we could get some clues as to why this had happened.
We noticed that the chicks had died at different stages of development.
Because we knew that all of the eggs had been kept under the same conditions we think that these earlier chicks died from natural causes.
Room 2 would like to thank Hope for being such an important part of our learning.