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Dudley Zoo's eggs-tra help for new-born chicks

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

One of the baby bantam hens pictured with Senior Keeper Lesley Lewis

One of the baby bantam hens pictured with Senior Keeper Lesley Lewis

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SIX newly-hatched Easter chicks had a little eggs-tra care when the power supply went off across the Dudley Zoo site.

The five-hour planned power cut took place during the night for maintenance on the zoo's electrical sub-station, and the only animals that were affected by the work were the farm's baby bantam hens whose chicks hatched just a few hours earlier.

Curator Matt Lewis said: "I set up an incubator in the zoo's main office, which was the only place on site to have power, and transferred them for the duration of the work. Luckily, the chicks didn't mind the move and have now settled back in the barn ready to meet the holiday visitors."

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