Our incubation project started on April 22 when Robin Currence from 4H visited our class with supplies and eggs! She taught us a lot about how baby chicks develop, and we were ready to start our own project!
April 22 starts day 0 of the 21 day incubation period. The chicks were scheduled to hatch on May 13!
Throughout the 21 days we have made observations, labeled diagrams in our science journals, discussed the changes taking place inside the eggs, and counted down the days until they hatch! We have even had the chance to "candle" the eggs with a special light. The students were able to see the small chicken embryo moving around!
Day 19 is a very important day for the eggs. On this day, the eggs have to begin laying flat. The yellow turner is removed, and the eggs stay still because the baby chicks begin breathing.
We had 3 chicks hatch on day 20! The students were able to observe a chick hatch, and it was amazing! They have truly seen a life cycle in action, and they have learned so much! Now it is time to take care of these chicks!