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The Chick Project

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MsFormel, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. MsFormel

    MsFormel Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All! Last year's class had a great time with the Chick Project, getting 13 of 19 of DMRippy's awesome eggs to hatch! All chicks found good homes - even my scissor beak. This year, however, I would move more quickly to cull a scissor beak, should I get another one.

    Last year I had to do the project in the fall to comply with the grant I had received. This year I plan to start in about two weeks! With that in mind, and in case there are other teachers here looking to do the project, I thought I'd post my personal checklist. Please add from your own experience!

    Equipment:
    Working incubator
    Thermometer
    Hydrometer
    Ovascope (nice, but not necessary)
    Heat source for chicks
    Waterer
    Food dish
    Chick food
    Bedding
    Latex gloves

    Logistics:
    Space for the incubator
    Space for the brooder box, at least 2 sq ft per chick

    People:
    Administrative Approval
    Is your co-teacher on board with it?
    Are the custodians on board with it?
    Emergency vet

    Plan:
    How will you keep track of and adjust the temperature and humidity of the incubator?
    Who will be responsible for the project if you are not there?
    How will the eggs / chicks be cared for on the weekend or at holidays?
    Do you have sufficient $ for the materials you'll need, like feed and bedding?
    What will you do if a chick needs to be culled?
    What will you do if a chick dies at school?
    Where will the chicks go when the project has finished?
     

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