I have to say, I think hatching chicks has been the highlight of my teaching career. It has been the most amazing experience!
When I came in on Sunday evening, I brought my entire family to check on the chicks. It was Mother's Day, so I was hosting a celebration and the whole family wanted to come. We noticed a few of the eggs had pips. Pips are the first holes the chicks make in the eggs.
If you sit really still and the room is quiet, you can year peeps coming from the eggs.
By Monday morning, the chicks were really working hard! One of the cracks had gotten much bigger.
Just as the kids were entering the room, on Monday morning, the first chick hatched! The kids squealed, but then hushed to a whisper to watch the excitement. The chick was wet and could barely stand.
It took several hours for our first chick to dry off and fluff up. We named her Primrose and she quickly became the most favorite class pet in the history of class pets!
The next day, we were in for another surprise! Poppy arrived about 5 minutes before the end of the school day.
She was SO tired. It's a lot of work hatching out of an egg!
She wasn't quite fluffy enough to come out of the incubator, so she had to stay in there over night. Since we had one in our brooding box and one in the incubator, I went to Bridges Pets and bought a 3 day old Buff Orpington to snuggle with Primrose. I took Primrose and Petunia (the two yellow chicks) home and they snuggled all night!
When we came in on Wednesday morning... surprise!
There were TWO chicks in the incubator! Pansy was all fluffy and dry, so she must have hatched on Tuesday night. Oh, my... four sweet, fluffy chicks! Petunia (the one we bought) quickly showed them the ropes. She would take a drink and then the other chicks would take a drink.
On Thursday, the chicks went to their new home. The kids were very sad to see the chicks go, but they have a wonderful chicken coop waiting for them!
What an amazing experience!