Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mrs. Snyder's Class Has Baby Chicks!

Grace has been studying embryology at school and because she has such an awesome teacher, her class got 20 chicken eggs on March 3rd.  They kept them in an incubator and turned the eggs every day.  Did you know that you have to turn the eggs an odd number of times every day?  If you don't turn them an odd number, they will die.  On the 14th day, they candled the eggs to see which ones had chicks.  Of the 20 eggs, three had air cells,  two didn't have anything at all and the rest had chicks.  They were able to see the embryos and their veins.  It took the eggs 21 days to hatch and they started hatching Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.  

When Grace got to school on Wednesday, there were about 9 or 10 chicks that had already hatched.  She got to see two hatch and thought it was awesome!  When I volunteered in her class I thought I was going to get to see one hatch.  I watched it for over an hour but it never came all the way out.  It ended up hatching later in the day and the reason it probably took so long was because it was "special".  There was something wrong with its intestines and one foot.  But he didn't seem to be in pain and was able to get around just like all the other little chicks.  

Once the chicks were hatched, they stayed in the incubator for a little while before Mrs. Snyder would move them to the big box where they had food and water and a heat lamp.  They were so cute when their fur dried and they fluffed up!

Zachary thought Grace was "so lucky" that she had chicks in her classroom so I told him that I would come and get him so he could see them too.  He was able to pet them and hold them and thought they were so cute!  He said he wished that we could have one and Mrs. Snyder would have given us one but didn't think we would much want a chicken running around and she was right.

Grace learned so much throughout this study.  She would come home every day telling us new things that she had learned.  Each child even made an embryology book where they wrote what was happening each day along with a picture.  

You can see Grace's embryology book here.

The Eggs on Tuesday before they started hatching





This is the egg that I watched for so long waiting for it to hatch.


















10 comments:

Charity said...

So cute! Mia's 3yr. old preschool class did this and her egg hatched and she named him/her Egg. it's really neat for them to see.

Melissa Snyder said...

Thanks for calling me "awesome!" I LOVE science - and the most rewarding part is seeing the kids so engaged in learning. They are fascinated with living creatures and so am I! Grace is a jewel, always attentive and ready to learn. This blog was fun to read - thanks for sharing!

Jenn said...

This is awesome!! I want to see chicks hatch :) This is such a fun way to teach kids. I love hands on in the classroom.

Abigail said...

Happy Saturday sharefest!
What a great way for kids to learn about life cycles :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The chicks are so cute! What fun!

Birdie said...

That is too adorable! What will happen to them now?

Jill said...

Melissa you are welcome and you are awesome! Grace loves your class. Michele, the chicks are supposed to go back to wherever they came from to get them ready for a chicken farm somewhere. But Mrs. Snyder rescued all of our baby chicks and took them to a farm where they will not be eaten!

Fabulously Chaotic said...

Love it. My son did this a few years ago. How fun. Following you from MBC.

Kay said...

My daughter says 'baby chicks are her favourite' thanks for sharing ; 0

Mhel said...

wow!! I wanna witness something like that for real. Its different you know. How miraculous life is....