3/29/14 Mrs. Boldt went to Farmer Warren's Farm and picked up 17 eggs We had to wash the eggs with just water before putting them into the incubator.We put the eggs in the incubator on April 1. 7 of the eggs will go into our classroom incubator and 7 will go into Mrs. Koleno's incubator and 3 will go in Mrs. Rudolph's room. It takes 21 days for the hen eggs to hatch. Our classroom chickens are set to arrive April 22, 2014! We are so excited! Hopefully the time will go fast. We will be able to look inside the eggs in about a week.
4/8/14 We candled our eggs today. Candling is done in a darkened room with the egg held before a light. The light penetrates the egg and makes it possible to observe the inside of the egg. It was so cool! It was harder to see inside the brown eggs. In one of the eggs we could see the blood vessels and it looked like something was moving. We also saw the air cell. Mrs. Boldt had to be very careful handling the eggs. We could only look and not touch.
4/21/14 One of our chicks has started to "pip," or peck out of its egg. We have 4 different types of hens that will be hatching. You may see black letters on the eggs. Farmer Warren lableled the eggs for us. We will hatch: "H" New Hampshire Red, "ss" Black Sumatra, "W" Silver Laced Wyandotte, and "S" Light Sussex. The egg that is on the camera right now is the Black Sumatra.
4/22/14 Right now there is a New Hampshire Red about to hatch. We also have 3 other eggs with noticeable pips. So hopefullly within a couple hours we will have 3 more baby chicks! We love them!