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Easter chicks arrive in time for choc egg hunt.

FOUR Buff Orpington chickens have moved to Mary Arden's House, near Stratford, to join other rare breed animals on the organic farm.

They will live in the farmyard of the historic site in Wilmcote in a specially-made blue and white Edwardian-style chicken house.

An Easter egg hunt is another treat in store over the next few days for children visiting the home run by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

A trust spokeswoman said: "The Buff Orpington breed was first introduced in Kent in 1894.

"A favourite of the Queen Mother, it is a large docile and tame bird, buff in colour and very fluffy with a red comb.

"It is hoped they will prove popular with children and parents alike and, like the other animals on the farm, produce some handsome offspring of their own in the future."

The Easter egg hunt takes place daily until Monday when brightly-coloured cardboard eggs will be hidden around the site. Children who collect three can swop them for chocolate eggs.

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Dl1812_2 RARE TREAT: One of the new arrivals with press officer Katie Cain. Picture: MARK RADFORD
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Date:Apr 9, 2004
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