Hatching Chicks in the Classroom

Since returning to school after the Easter holidays, the children and their teachers embarked on an exciting science project in Taunagh National School, Riverstown. The aim was to hatch chicks in an incubator in the classroom. To increase the chances of success, forty-nine eggs were put in the incubator and three important factors were kept in mind for the duration of the incubation process: temperature, turning the eggs and humidity. On day twenty, the first little chick arrived with many more to follow on day twenty-one. In total, forty-three chicks hatched. The excitement was palpable in the school as the children arrived in the morning to inspect the incubator and tried to keep count of all the chicks. The pupils learned how a chick develops in the egg and how to care for and handle a newly-hatched chick. The classes made presentations on the iPads, created artwork and completed scrapbooks all based on chickens. Without doubt, this was a wonderful experience for the children and the school welcomed many visitors once the chicks hatched including parents, family and friends.

Chicken Projects