We are so "egg-cited" to begin our "Chick Unit"! We get our fertile eggs through the University of Illinois Extension of Lake County.
The embryos inside of the eggs will take 21 days to develop into a chick. The eggs stay in an incubator in our classroom. The incubator has to stay at a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. We have to make sure that we have water at the bottom of the incubator, so that there is a lot of humidity inside of the incubator. We also have an automatic egg turner inside of the incubator. That way, the eggs can continue to be turned, even when we are not at school!
Right around Day 21, the developed chicks will begin pipping out of their shell to enter the world!
After a few days of hanging out in our classroom, the chicks will be brought to a farm in Grayslake. They will live a long, happy life of laying eggs! :o)
Check out this video that Mrs. Van Dyke took with her digital camera!
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