School Chickens My Pet and Me


School Chickens

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-Hello and welcome to My Pet And Me. I'm Rory.

-And I'm Ferne.

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We've been hoping you would join us.

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Lots of animals make brilliant pets, and we love meeting you and yours.

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We definitely do. So, what are your plans today, Rory?

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I'm very excited. I'm off to meet some new friends.

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-And you can come with me too. Come on.

-Have fun.

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-See you.

-Bye.

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Say bye! Is he gone?

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# My pet, my pet and me

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# My pet, my pet and me

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# Down every street

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# Are pets to meet

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# Some big, some small Some scaly, some furry

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# Some keep very still Some are always in a hurry

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# Some have four paws

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# Some have sharp claws

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-# Some quack

-Some bark

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-# Some purr

-Some moo

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-# Some grunt

-Some squawk

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# Some cock-a-doodle-doo

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# My pet, my pet and me

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# My pet, my pet and me

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# My pet, my pet and me

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# Have you met My pet and me? #

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Today we're in lovely Llandudno in Wales

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to visit a very interesting school with some brilliant birds.

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Let's go and check it out.

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-Hey, guys.

-Hi, Rory.

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-What are your names?

-Mason.

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-Carys.

-Kian.

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-I'm Fiona.

-It is lovely to meet you all.

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And thank you so much for having me at your amazing school.

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-Who's this?

-This is Mary.

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She looks very cosy in here.

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-So you've got chickens at your school?

-Yeah.

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So how many chickens do you have in total?

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150.

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Wow! That's a lot of chickens.

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A group of chickens is called a flock or a brood,

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and they usually live in a special pen called a coop.

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Now, what sort of breed is this chicken?

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-German Langshan.

-Oh, she's very lovely indeed.

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And what other breeds of chicken do you have here?

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French Copper Maran, Lavender, and some Gingernuts.

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Oh, lovely. So what colours of eggs

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do you get from the different breeds?

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We usually get blue, light blue,

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dark brown and white and

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just light brown a bit.

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So you've got a nice selection of colours there.

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That's very nice indeed.

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Now, this is a female chicken, so she's a hen.

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Do you guys know what a male chicken is called?

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-A hen.

-Cockerel.

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A cockerel. That's right. Hen is female, and cockerel is male.

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What do you love most about the chickens?

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It's got, like, lots of feathers and they're really colourful.

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And I can pick them up.

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And I've noticed these beautiful wings.

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Does she ever fly round and round the school?

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No. The chickens are...

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a little bit good at flying but they're not that good at flying.

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They prefer to spend time on the ground.

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Carys, what's your favourite thing?

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I love that they chuckle out loud at me.

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What sounds do they make?

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Cluck, cluck! Bucaw!

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Boc-boc-boc!

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Nice work.

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So who looks after the chickens?

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It's usually all of the children and usually some of the teachers,

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-which is Fiona and Mr Jones.

-OK.

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So there's always someone around to look after the chickens.

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You guys do a great job of looking after your chickens

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and I cannot wait to meet the rest of the flock.

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Ferne, can you give us some more facts

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about our fabulous feathered friends here?

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Of course, Rory.

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Chickens are the most common type of bird on earth.

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The males tend to be larger in size

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and more brightly coloured than the females.

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On average, a healthy hen will lay over 200 eggs a year.

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That's a lot of eggs.

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Chickens like to eat lots of different things,

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including worms, seeds,

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grains, fruit and vegetables.

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Wow! Here's all the chickens!

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We've got white grey chickens.

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We've got dark brown, light brown,

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we've got white,

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and we've got a bit of bluey-green.

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-They're amazing. And can you see the ginger ones in there as well?

-Yeah.

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They're gorgeous.

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Look at them all pecking away in there.

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We were just about to go and clean the poo out of the chicken coop.

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-Would you like to help us?

-I'd love to. Let's go.

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-Hello, chickens.

-Hello, chickens.

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Hey, chooks.

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Right. What do we have to do first?

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-Take this out first.

-Get the old stuff off first?

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First we get all of the dirty wood shavings off the coop.

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Sweep, sweep, sweep.

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Right, we've cleaned all that dirty stuff out. What now?

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We put the fresh dust in.

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Let's get to work, then.

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Nice and clean.

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Spread it out, that's it, good.

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So Mason, why is it important to have all this fresh bedding in here?

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-So it can be nice and cosy for the chickens to sleep.

-Yeah.

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Just get it all over there.

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-Do you think they're going to find this cosy?

-Yeah.

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OK, that looks nice, guys.

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Nice and cosy. Perfect.

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Right, what do we have to do next?

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Next we are going to feed the chickens,

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cos it's time for their dinner.

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Oh, dinner time for the chicks. Let's go.

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OK. Let's see what we've got here. OK, guys, load it up.

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Nice.

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-So what have we got here? What's this feed?

-We've got pellets.

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Looks delicious. If you're a chicken.

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Chickens are very friendly birds and like to live in groups or flocks.

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And as you can see, this feeder is perfect for them

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because they can all get in there for a good feed.

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OK. Looks full. Let's put the lid on.

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What have we got here?

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We've got three containers which we'll fill up with water.

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Oh, perfect for the chickens to drink -

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and that's very important because chickens drink a lot

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and water is essential.

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OK, what next?

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We're going to collect the eggs.

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That sounds like an EGG-cellent idea.

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Let's go.

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Right.

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Let's see if we can find some eggs in here.

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Oh, excellent, Carys.

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Thank you. Lovely.

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Nice brown one. Any more?

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-Oh, well done.

-Teamwork.

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-Thank you very much.

-Teamwork.

-Great teamwork.

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Wow!

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Look at all these eggs!

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How many did we get out of that?

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Four... Five.

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Five eggs in there. Wow.

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Mason, do you know how many eggs chickens lay each day?

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Just about one each day, I think.

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Yeah, that's right.

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Healthy, happy hens can lay up to one egg each day but that can change

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depending on the breed, their age,

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what they've been eating or even how they're feeling.

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I found a light one.

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Oh, that's lovely! Right, put that in there.

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-Oh, one egg.

-Well done.

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-Great.

-Done.

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Nice full basket of eggs. Let's go.

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Guys, your chickens are awesome. Look at all these eggs we collected.

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Amazing! How many eggs did they lay last month?

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Just about 2,000.

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2,000 eggs?

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That is incredible.

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Just look at them, pecking away up there in their coop.

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-Do you ever wonder what they're thinking about?

-Yeah.

-Me too.

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If your chickens could do anything, what do you think they'd do?

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If our school chickens could go anywhere,

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they would jump onto the school bus and travel to the funfair.

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They would have a go on the teacup ride and eat pink candyfloss.

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Next they would go onto the big wheel

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and it would go round and round.

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They would make sure they were back in school for the home time bell.

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-BELL RINGS

-Good chickens.

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OK, we've got all our lovely eggs, guys,

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what do we need to do next?

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We're going to pack them in these -

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seven in each, and we're going to sell them.

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And I'm going to stamp them

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and give them to you so they're ready for the shop.

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Perfect. And that stamp tells everyone

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-where these eggs have come from, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

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Great, OK, let's get them ready, then. Let's go.

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Great work, guys. Doing well. Working hard.

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Guys, you keep going.

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So why are you putting the white and blue eggs on the outside there?

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We put the different colours on the outside because if you see this one,

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and we do it like this, we can't see it then,

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cos this sticker's covering it.

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And people like to see the blue and white eggs

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cos they're different to the other ones.

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Of course.

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Great, thank you. Well, that's the last package.

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And if I can close this over, do you know what that means?

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We're going to the shop. Who wants to go?

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CHILDREN: Yay!

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We've got our eggs ready to go to the shop.

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Better say goodbye to the chickens, guys.

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ALL: Bye!

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Better not drop these.

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-Hello.

-Hello there, how are you?

-Good, thank you.

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What have you got here, then?

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We've got some lovely eggs

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that have just been collected today.

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Oh, fantastic. They must be lovely and fresh, then.

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Thank you very much. Wow, look at those.

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-That's enough, guys, we'll close this over.

-They're fantastic.

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-Pass that box to me and I'll put it on here.

-OK.

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Right, shall we see if we can sell some of these eggs?

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CHILDREN: Yeah!

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Come on, then.

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Eggs, fresh eggs. Come and get some eggs.

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-Eggs!

-Eggs!

-Who would like some eggs?

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I would like some eggs.

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Thank you.

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They were just collected today.

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-Thank you very much.

-You're welcome.

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Nice work. High five!

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-First sale.

-Some San Sior eggs. Thank you very much,

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that's £2.50, please.

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There we go.

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Eggs, eggs, who wants some lovely fresh eggs?

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Eggs, fresh eggs.

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Who would like some delicious fresh eggs?

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Oh, we sold another one. Kian, nice work. High five, man.

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There we go. Thank you very much.

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Thanks a lot.

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I've had a brilliant time coming to meet you,

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Mary and all the rest of the chickens.

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Or, as they say in chicken...

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HE CLUCKS

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Thank you for coming to our school

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and thank you for helping us with the chickens.

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Oh, you're very welcome. How do you say "bye" in Welsh?

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CHILDREN: Hwyl fawr, Rory!

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Hwyl fawr!

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My pet and me!

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Hi, Ferne. Hi, Bagel.

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Hi, Rory. You look like you've had a great day,

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what have you been up to?

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Oh, Ferne, it was awesome.

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-I had so much fun with my new friends.

-Oh, fantastic.

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Well, I've just been giving Bagel a little bit of a brush here.

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Yeah, she's looking great.

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-Thank you.

-Pets are brilliant, but remember -

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you shouldn't touch an animal unless the owner says it's OK.

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But two pets you can definitely play with are ours -

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go on the CBeebies website and play the My Pet And Me game.

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Thanks for joining us. We hope you've had fun, too.

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# Today we met

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# A lovely pet

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# We see how much you care for them

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# Thank you so much for sharing them

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# Time for us to

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# Just remind you

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# After you've played with your pet

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# Wash your hands

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# Don't forget!

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# It doesn't matter what pets you've got

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-# You might have one

-You might not

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# It's still fun finding out

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# What having a pet is all about

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# My pet, my pet and me

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# My pet, my pet and me

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# My pet, my pet and me

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Come back and see

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# My pet and me

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-Bye...

-Bye!

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Rory visits a special school in Wales that keeps chickens. Carys, Cian and Mason show Rory the chicken coops and explain what they do to care for the birds. Later on they take some of the eggs they have collected to the local farm shop to sell them.


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