Preschool incubating project - What incubator, and ideas?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Josie, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My daughter's class wants to incubate eggs, but after my disastrous experience with my homemade incubator, ( Day 21, ulcer, and Day 22? ),
    I think I might buy one.

    Two Restrictions:
    1. Custodian says no elements like in the Little Giant
    2. Teacher can't turn eggs more than twice a day

    Is the Brower top hatch any good?
    Any other good choices?


    Your input would be great!
     
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  2. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A brinsea or a turn-x would be your best bet, thats what our school uses. And they sell them in classroom kit on eNasco.
     
  3. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen the turn-x on ebay for about $100ish.
    I love that it is easy to see inside, what kind of heating does it have?
     
  4. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
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    hmm, i think it has a coil, but i dont think that you would have to worry with the hard plastic and a fan. Thats what our school uses.
     
  5. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    I'm doing hatching in the class but I teach 6th grade so it's a bit easier. I have a Hovabator and a Little Giant the LG has never been out of the box and I just hatched my duck in the Hova. I'm trying out an R-com 20 right now to see if I want to buy it but those suckers are expensive! The smaller ones would be less expensive, only hold 3 or 4 eggs and I believe they heat with heated air. I'd love to know how your project goes when you do it.
    The first incubator my class used we made out of a styrofoam cooler with a lamp kit and 40 watt bulb. We cut out the front and put a glass window in it. The turning is the hard part, it's not big enough for an automatic turner so I had to do it by hand.
    Kate
     
  6. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have any ideas for age appropriate activities?
    Has anyone tried the Brower Top Hatch?
     
  7. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    Here are some links I love! My 6th graders are working with our pre kinder and we are using these plans:

    http://www.first-school.ws/activities/animals/birds/eggs-hatching-chicken.htm

    http://www.ghbooks.com/activity/activity.cfm?bookid=18325&page=56

    http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/life20.html

    We read stories like Chicken Little and other chicken oriented stories. We talk about where eggs come from and if you ask the little ones which came first the chicken or the egg you will have such an interesting discussion!! Of course you ask that after they understand that babies do indeed come from the eggs and grow up to be chickens. Show them pictures of eggs, new hatchlings, and on up to adults before you do the hatch so they know what to expect. Flash cards you can make yourself with an egg, a cracked egg, an egg showing a baby, then the baby emerging, and a couple more stages showing it out and maturing can be used as a sequencing project for even the youngest child. If they put three in order at first it's such an accomplishment and they get so excited! Almost as excited as I get lol! If I can help let me know, but I'll probably learn more from you!
    Kate
     
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  8. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    Here is a website that you might be able to find something on, i love it. I couldnt remember what it was calld, but i remembered they had a chick cam, so i searched it on google DUH CHICK CAM guess what came up? Then i remembered it was egg cam [​IMG]
     
  9. werblessd1s

    werblessd1s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Murray McMurray sells a"Classroom Incubator And Brooder Kit". The incubator has an automatic turner. It comes with a book called " Guide To Better Hatching", a Chick Development Poster, Candling Device, Brooder, Waterer, Feeder, 5lbs. of Chick Feed, 1lb. of Grit and 4 oz. of Quick Chick. Brooder Lamp and Thermometer. It costs $321 [​IMG]
    They also have a more expensive "R-Com Classroom Kit" for $394 It is a very small 3 egg incubator. VERY COOL! I would like to get one for myself.
     
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  10. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would love the r-com, but I was hoping to spend less. [​IMG]
     

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