Update for our amazing teacher, Mrs. Vice and class, who are letting us walk through their classroom and learning about the development process, what it will take to care for them, animal adaptations, and many other things through this project. Our updates are coming very regular from the classroom and to see these young folks enjoying this learning experience has been heartwarming!
Our teacher has been a bit nervous with the development of the chicks and with this, she has been super diligent with checking along the process inside of the egg and candling along the weeks. This is the early part of the process and what the beginning of development of the fertile eggs. They started with a variety of chicken eggs from our farm, seven in total.
It is not an issue to keep an egg in the incubator if you are not sure if you have a blood ring or a still developing chick. But, in this case, we decided that is was probably just a blood ring and would not continue to develop, so our science-minded teacher took it out of the incubation process and see what was going on inside of the egg. The diagnosis through candling was correct, a underdeveloped and stop developing baby chick.
Look closely at this other egg candling image to see the development of an eye for the soon to be chick.
Now for the great news: Of the seven eggs that were started in the incubator, it looks like there are 5 actively developing chicks!! I have to say that is an outstanding rate for the variety that was started. The last candling before hatch is difficult to even see in because the chicks start to take up so much room inside of the egg. This is a picture of one from that time.
To entertain the chicks while they were developing, the students were encouraged to read aloud and what better book to read than chicken books! Here are some of the students spending some of their reading time, sharing with these little eggs. The wait can feel like a long time to those in the shell and in the classroom, but check out our next post to see what we were able to add to this project to help learn even more as the chicks develop.