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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DMills4, May 12, 2009.

  1. DMills4

    DMills4 Hatching

    May 12, 2009
    This year as a pre k teacher I enrolled in a program to bring embryology into the classroom. I never did it before but all I can say is WOW what an awesome experience! 21 days ago I was given 15 fertilized eggs. I put them in my basic, not so fancy incubator with it's automatic egg turner. I monitored the temp, kept the moisture rings filled, and misted with water close to hatching time. I removed the eggs from the turner per manufacteror recommendations on day 18. Yesterday afternoon on day 20, 4 of my chicken eggs had pipped and they were peeping all day. When I returned to school this AM (day 21) at 7:30 AM I had 7 chicks (4 dry and 3 newly hatched). By 9 AM I had 10 chicks. At noon I had eleven chicks and two had pipped. At 2PM I had 12 chicks, and at 8PM this evening the 13th chick had emerged. This experience was not only wonderful for me, but also for my students, and the other students in the school who came to observe the hatching process. All I can say is that I am so glad I took the risk and did this...it was so very worth it!

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington

    And a big congrats on the chicks

  3. chiknwhisperer

    chiknwhisperer Songster

    May 9, 2008
    Lowell, IN
    [​IMG] from IN and [​IMG] happy hatch yeah [​IMG]
  4. swedishfish

    swedishfish Songster

    Apr 20, 2009
    My first experience with a chicken was in 2nd grade...I won a drawing and got to take it home. We ordered 6 more to keep it company, and it turned out that only one out of the 7 was a hen...they all attacked me and I would carry a stick around my pasture. Let's just say they didn't stay long. Now I have nice chickens though!
  5. nhnanna

    nhnanna Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    The chicken coop
    [​IMG] [​IMG] from NH/ME
  6. HappyHatch'en

    HappyHatch'en Songster

    Jan 31, 2009
    I'm happy to see you taking the risk, the education your students learn from the experience is not only educational, but fun for them. I hope you continue the experience yearly.
  7. JJG81

    JJG81 Hatching

    May 13, 2009
    Never hatched my own but it sounds like you had a very fulfilling experience. I joined BYC to learn about making a more secure coop and there's so much info on here about everything I'm getting inspired!!

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