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“Fly, chirp, run, chicks are lots of fun!” As a spring project, Mrs. Wang’s 3rd grade class hatched chicken eggs in the classroom. We did this project for fun and learning and also to help us be responsible. We used an incubator that had to stay at 99.5 degrees F, and it took 21 days to hatch them. About two weeks after setting the eggs, we “candled” them by shining a light into the shell. We could see the chick embryos and even see them moving around!

On April 27, the hatching began! Most of them hatched during school, so we could watch them. They were wet and tired at first, but soon dried into cute, fluffy chicks. We liked all the different colors.

After hatching, we kept the chicks in the classroom for about a week. Every day we weighed and measured them and wrote down observations like when they lost their egg tooth. Some of the chicks were calm and friendly and some were a little wild and liked to peck. But we learned a lot from them and loved them all. This was the best project all year!

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