Year 8 Egg Hatching
What an amazing experience we have had using an incubator to hatch eggs. To watch the students getting excited when the due date was near, and then watching their faces when the chicks hatched, was priceless. The little balls of fluff have melted even the toughest hearts!
I must admit I had never hatched eggs before so this was such a big learning curve and there have been so many times where I just stood in awe, wonder, and delight that we have such an amazing, incredibly detailed Creator, who cares for all His creation.
This reminds me of the Bible verse in Luke 12:6-7 MSG ‘What’s the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.’
Some fun facts we found out:
eggs need to maintain the correct temperature and humidity to hatch
eggs need to be turned as this helps prevent the embryo from sticking to the shell membrane
around day 14 fertilised eggs need candling to check the development of the growing embryo
from day 18 lock down needs to occur (no disturbing the eggs during this time)
humidity needs to be increased, so shells soften, as chick can take up to 18 hours to hatch
you can’t help chicks hatch because it could cause them to die
chicks need to dry out once hatched; when they are fluffy they can then be transferred to a brooder.
We would like to thank Mr and Mrs Tabone for supplying us with all we needed for this experience and for allowing us to ring at any time when we didn’t know what we were doing! The students from Preschool to Year 12 (and the staff) have been blessed with such a valuable learning experience.
Food Tech Aide & Early Learning Educator