Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science: Where Do Chicks Come From?
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About 5 years ago, my kids brought home some fertilized chicken eggs after attending a field trip to an alpaca farm. Being the true homeschoolers that we are, they asked me if they could hatch them. So, we loaded up and visited Tractor Supply, coming home with a brand-new incubator for our schoolroom.
We figured out how to get the incubator going, and my boys diligently turned each egg and kept a watchful eye on them daily. I never-in-a-million-years thought the eggs would hatch, but I at least thought it would be a good learning experience and a fun hand-on science project to try.
We turned out hatchery into a full-on unit study, checking out a ton of books from the library and visiting all the chicken sites on the web. We even made an egg candler to see what was inside our eggs!
Where Do Chicks Come From? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) is an excellent resource for kids of all ages, and I learned so much about the life cycle of the chicken that I didn’t know before reading it. Many, many adults do not realize that not all chicken eggs are fertile.
This gem of a book explains how an egg starts out in a hen’s body, how the egg is fertilized, and how it eventually develops into a chick. This book is an excellent bridge into discussions about reproduction.
If you want to find out what happened with our eggs, click some of the links below to follow our progress!
These are some of our favorite resources for learning more about backyard chickens and for actually raising them.
The incubator and coop below are the ones we used when we first started with our little eggie babies! It has been such a wonderful learning experience to care for our girls from the time they were ‘born’. True hands-on science! If you decide to try for yourself, keep in touch and let me know how it’s going!
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