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Guess what's hatching in kindergarten!

The kindergarten team purchased an incubator and automatic turner several years ago which stays housed in Mrs. Beane's classroom. Each year Mr. McCoy, the school custodian, donated the chicken eggs. This year we were lucky to experience the hatching of five eggs. It takes 21 days for a chicken egg to hatch. We put the eggs in the incubator on April 24th and the expected hatch date was May 15th. W

While waiting for the eggs to hatch the students study plastic eggs that have pictures in them showing the daily life cycle of a chick before it hatches. The students loved seeing how the chicks looked as they developed in the eggs. We "candled" the eggs twice before they hatched. To do this you have to hold a flashlight up to the egg and you can see the tiny chick moving around. It was very easy to see their black eyes. The first chick hatched on May 16th and the other four hatched on May 17th. We transferred the chicks into a box with a heat lamp after they were nice and dry.

The hatching of chicken eggs is something most children do not get to experience. Although the incubator was housed in Mrs. Beane's classroom the students in other kindergarten classrooms were able to visit regularly. The children have enjoyed watching the chicks grow. Kendall said "I love watching the chicks and getting to pet them. They are soft and fluffy." Elijah said "The coolest thing was seeing the baby chicks right after they hatched. They are cute!". Mr. McCoy will be taking the chicks back to the farm this Friday.

Written by: Holly Beane and Heather Shulman
Posted: May 22, 2014 by Heather Shulman

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