Join us at Walthamstow Wetlands for an Easter Special where we'll be meeting and drawing the newly hatched chicks from Vauxhall City Farm this Spring.
We'll be drawing Leg Bar chicks, bright yellow Buff Orpington’s and some little Dutch Bantums. These baby birds will not only be impossibly cute to draw, but will also provide us with an opportunity to talk about the egg production industry and hen welfare in the UK.
We will be getting advice from dedicated volunteers and campaigners for the British Hen Welfare Trust on egg labelling and will hear about the wonderful work the charity does by saving ex-commercial hens from slaughter and re-homing them so they can go on and enjoy a free range retirement.
Our volunteers will be bringing along one of their rescue hens, local celebrity Paula – and will be telling her story, how she came to them timid and bald – now beautiful with bags of personality! A proportion of each ticket sale will be donated to the BHWT. And of course it goes without saying that the chicks and ducklings we'll be drawing will live their full and happy lives on the city farm. We will also be talking through the growth process of these baby birds and how they develop into adult chickens and ducks.