Chicks bring joy to care home.
St Mark's Nursing Home, in Hartburn Lane, had 10 live eggs delivered just a few days before hatching and staff and residents then watched the chicks emerge from their shells.
Out of the 10, nine survived and everyone at the BUPA home has fallen in love with them. The little fluffy chicks live in a special box in the communal area, where they can be fed, watered and handled by the residents.
Activities co-ordinator Robynne Orton said the chicks were a real talking point and have been a positive stimulus for residents, helping to brighten their spirits.
Robynne said: "It has been fantastic. It has brought all the staff and residents closer. It provokes a lot of conversation and brings back memories."
Florence Rogers and Lauren Lincoln at St Mark's Nursing Home in Stockton, above, and with fellow staff and residents at the home, top, after a clutch of hens' eggs hatched outDOUG MOODY