Student Blog 2017

The Student Blog is back for 2017/18

Year 10 & 11 ELBS Students go to the farm first thing in the morning before they come into school and then give us an account of what they did and what they enjoyed at the farm:

Week beginning 3 July 2017:  Shanny F:  On the farm this week I have been cleaning the barn and feeding the chicks and the guinea pigs. I have been helping Dan wash the eggs and weighed the eggs.  I also helped Dan to feed the ducks and chickens.  I had to lead the sheep into the pig area and we lost them.   This was hard for me.  I enjoyed my time at the farm and I would like to do it again.

Dan S:  This week doing farm duty was really good.  I fed the chickens and the ducks and collected their eggs ready to go to the school.  I fed the pigs and Crackle and I helped Pete to move the sheep.  I’ve been with Shanny through my farm duty and really enjoyed it.  I can’t wait to do it again next year!

Week Beginning 17 June 2017:  Robbie: This morning I went to the farm.  I am always excited to go to the farm to feed the animals and do any extra jobs.  The farm is always fun and exciting because you may do any extras while there.

Week beginning 5 June 2017:  Chelsea:  I really enjoyed this week at the farm, I helped Pete to move the sheep to another area and fed all the pigs.  I also watered all the plants in the poly tunnel and cleaned/fed the chicks and guinea pigs.  Pete and Andrea were really nice like always and helped us out if we got stuck with something. 🙂

Jeff: During my farm duty this week, I have each day, filled a bucket up with chicken/duck/goose feed, filled the correct feeders and collected eggs from the chickens and ducks.  I have also refilled the water for the chickens when needed.   Once I have got the eggs, I put the dirty eggs inside a water bucket.  Any eggs that were clean only needed the shavings rubbed off before moving on to weighing.  Then, the weight data must be recorded in the correct book, under the date of the day and stating if they were duck or chicken.  Then the dates must be written on the eggs with a pencil. Any cracked eggs must be removed before the egg box(s) could be sent away.

Jack H:  I really enjoyed doing the farm.  On the first day I cleaned out the pigs and fed them.  Then I fed Crackle, then we moved the sheep to under the pylon.  On Tuesday I cleaned out the chicks, one tried to escape and they pecked me and I did the pigs again.  I had a really good day.

Week beginning 21 May 2017:  Shanny:   This week I fed the chicks and I fed the guinea pigs and I did the flower beds with Dan.  I held one of the chicks which we incubated in the classroom for a few weeks and they are now at the farm and in a happy place.  One of the chicks has hairy legs!!  I have enjoyed this week because I got to feed the chicks and the weather was nicer than last duty I did.

Dan: This week I have been doing farm duty with Shanny.  I mucked out the pigs, fed the chickens and ducks, collected chicken and duck eggs to be ready for the school, fed the Guinea pigs and the chicks and if we had time we watered/weeded our veg beds.  I have really enjoyed farm duty and would like to do it again.

Week beginning 14 May 2017:  Eve D:  I really enjoyed my week at the farm.  Seeing the cute baby piglets and lambs.  One of my favourite jobs to do while I was at the farm was feeding the chickens and the ducks, then collecting their eggs.  I did enjoy all the jobs I did, like cleaning out the pigs area and feeding the sheep but collecting the duck and chicken eggs was better.  After you got the eggs you would clean them and weigh them.  I loved the week and can’t wait until I can do it again.

Week beginning 24 April 2017:  Charlie T:  I really enjoyed farm duty this week, we cleaned out and fed the piglets, we collected the eggs and fed and watered the chickens and ducks.

Corey M:  This week at the farm, I have collected chicken and duck eggs and refilled their food bowl and water.  On that day I was wearing shorts by accident.  On Thursday I had to clean out the piglet’s area which was okay, it just stank a bit!  To improve the week I wished that the whole group was doing it because we were missing Will.

Week Beginning 17 April 2017:  Lois W:  I loved working at the farm this week.  On my first day I fed the chickens and ducks and collected the eggs, as well as washing them to pure perfection!  Not a mark on them!  The next day we helped Pete get the sheep into the paddock which was great fun.  The next day I proceeded to clean out the pigs as well as feeding them to keep them occupied and out-of-the-way.  It didn’t last long.  But honestly, it was great fun and we had lots of support from Pete and Andrea and I can’t thank them enough! 🙂

Week Beginning 13 March 2017:  Alex B: I have very much enjoyed farm duty, looking after all of the animals and being helped by Pete and Andrea.  They were very helpful if we were unsure of our task.  I looked after the pigs, hens and ducks for my week.

Jake H: I really enjoyed farm duty as Pete and Andrea made it fun.  We did the sheep, pigs and poultry.  It was fun!

Louis B:  I enjoyed my weeks of farm duty, I fed the sheep, pigs and poultry.  Pete taught me about spotting healthy and unhealthy pigs and how to try and make them better.  Overall it was a good experience.  Very fun!!

Week Beginning 6 March 2017:  Jeff W: I collected the eggs from the ducks and chickens each day, I fed them and replaced their water when necessary.  I then weighed the eggs, cleaned them and wrote the dates on the eggs.  I enjoyed looking around and finding the eggs, however I disliked having to find the eggs in the mud and the smell in the barn.

Chelsea D: I thought farm duty was good.  I fed Crackle and cleaned her pen, refilled the food bins and sheep water and a few more jobs.  My favourite part was when I held the lambs.

Grace M: I really enjoyed my week at Abbrook Farm.  I fed the sheep, made sure they had water and helped to clean them out.  I also go to feed the guinea pigs.

Jack H: I love working at the farm.  On Tuesday I put new hay in for the pregnant Ewes and put in fresh water and fed them.  Wednesday, I cleaned out Cracks and got to see the new piglets and fed and watered the guinea pigs, Gandalf and Shadow and dug up the compost.

Week Beginning 27 February 2017:  Dan: When I did farm duty I cleaned Crackle’s pen out each morning.  It was a bit smelly but after a few seconds I got used to it.  After I did that I would shovel it on to the dung heap to get rid of it all. On Thursday I helped Shanny clean the chicken and duck eggs ready to be sold and/or given to the school.  I enjoyed doing farm duty and would like to do it again.

Shanny: On the farm this week I did the chickens and ducks.  I picked up the eggs from the ducks and chickens and I washed the eggs in cold water and dried them and weighed them.  I fed them animal pellets and water.  The chickens are still inside and the ducks are outside.  The ducks enjoyed being outside in the hot sun and not getting pecked by the chickens.  This morning two of the chickens were laying an egg while I was in the poly tunnels and eggs were warm and not cold like the others.  The ducks had six eggs this morning and Miss picked the egg up from the back and got stuck in the duck house!!

Week beginning 20 February 2017:  Callum M:  My week at Abbrook farm was fun.  At the farm I had to fill up the lambs water and feed the lambs. I also had to clean out the ducks and the chickens.  I collected the eggs every day and fed the ducks and chickens, then I had to feed the geese.  My week at the farm was good and there was nothing I hated and I would definitely do it again.

Seth: I had a great time at Abbrook Farm.  I had to feed and clean out Crackle, the pig.  Also I had to clean out the chickens/ducks.  My favourite part of the week was collecting the chicken and duck eggs.

Week beginning 6 February 2017:  Corey M: During my time at the farm I have learnt new skills, how to work as a team and I had so much fun.  When I was there I had to feed Crackle and the sheep.  The sheep were funny to feed because it’s harder than you think!

Charlie T: It was good fun.  On our first day we cleaned out the chickens and ducks and collected their eggs and then fed them.  The next day we fed the sheep and then Crackle (The pig!) and cleaned out the paddock bit for the sheep.  Pete and Andrea were a great help.  Day 4, it was very wet though.

Kieron W:  At the farm we do lots of things like feeding the animals and you can fix things like vegetable beds.  And there are many other things to do.  What I like about the farm is there is a lot of team effort and there is always something to do.  Something that can be improved at the farm is how things are explained to us all.

Week beginning 2 January 2017: Alex B:  We started off with cleaning out the ducks and chickens and feeding them.  Then using the spare food we fed the geese.  The next day we fed the sheep and filled up the water buckets and put hay in the field.  We then repeated this for the other two days of our duty.

Louis B:I started by feeding the sheep which I did for 3 days.  It was fun even with the sheep trying to knock me over.  Day 4 I fed the chickens, ducks and geese.  Andrea and Pete helped lots, it was pretty cold though.

Jake H: It was great fun.  We fed the sheep, pig, ducks, chickens and geese.  We cleaned out the chickens and ducks.  Pete and Andrea were a great help.  The only thing that could improve was if it wasn’t so cold.