RESIDENTS and staff at The Elms in Crewe were egg-static to have the opportunity to take 10 newborn chicks under their wings and rear them in their first week of life.

Ten eggs were delivered to the Croftwood Care-run home as part of the ‘Living Eggs’ initiative, which gives care homes and schools the chance to see chicks hatching from their eggs, handle them and look after them.

Soon after the eggs arrived, residents watched as the chicks hatched, and fed, nurtured and cared for them in their early days.

The Living Eggs programme provided everything the home needed to look after the baby chicks, such as incubators, heat lamps, bedding and feed.

After 10 days the chicks will be rehomed at a nearby free range farm.

Nicola Brennan, home manager, said: “When we heard about the initiative, we jumped at the chance to take part.”