SPRING has sprung at a Sheffield care home - where residents were given incubators to hatch out broods of fluffy cheeping chicks.
Old folk at Woodland View - which is under threat of closure due to withdrawal of NHS funding - spent weeks watching over four clutches of eggs before the chicks finally chipped their way out.
The residents then nurtured the newborns with a daily diet of Weetabix and porridge before sending them off to new lives on a free range farm.
Woodland View is a specialist dementia care home on Lightwood Lane in Norton. The chick-hatching project is designed to keep the residents’ minds active and entertained.
Deputy manager Lisa Corbidge said: “We try to steer away from the cliched things, like bingo and Vera Lynn, so we ordered these incubators and living eggs and had one in each of our residents’ four ‘cottages’. We ended up with lots of chicks. It was a surprise watching them hatch out, as they were all different breeds - some were yellow but others were stripy and tall.”
Families with loved ones at Woodland View are currently fighting a bitter campaign to keep the home open. It is facing closure alongside Birch Avenue care home in Chapeltown after NHS Sheffield approved plans to cut £2.8m in ‘top-up’ funding.
Future activities, despite the spectre of closure, include an Easter parade on Friday, a birds of prey display, a Royal wedding party and a holiday to Norfolk in the summer.