CARE home residents are caring for some feathery friends after watching them hatch over the Easter Holiday.

Embryo eggs were delivered to Coombe End care home on March 26 in an incubator and by April 4 they had hatched into tiny chicks.

The creatures are being doted on by residents of the Orders of St John Care Trust’s home in Marlborough. Home manager, Amanda Palfrey, said:“Coombe End Court wanted to participate in Hatch Watch because it’s about ‘new life’. Residents are amazed and fascinated about how a chick hatches. It brings joy and happiness to our residents, and acts as a form of therapy, bringing back many fond memories from their childhoods.”

Once the eggs are hatched they are cleaned, fed and petted by people living in the home for 10 days, as part of the Living Eggs Hatch Watch programme. iving Eggs UK manager, Simon Rees-Jones, said: “We love what we do, and nothing gives us more pleasure than the smiles and memories we help to bring to care homes.”