As part of National Science Week on the 19th March we were delighted to receive the arrival of 10 fertilised chicken eggs along with an incubator. With the help of our IT department we were able to fix up a camera on the eggs and stream a live feed of them over the internet to allow every one to follow the progress of the eggs. Towards the end of the Science Week our observations were rewarded as we were able to view the hatching of all 10 of our eggs.
Students involved in learning the life cycle of a chick could not only learn about the process but could also watch for themselves, from egg to chirping chick. The eggs were placed into the incubator at a toasty 37°C and a live stream was setup (Chick – A – Vision) so that the whole school could view the chicken eggs hatch into tiny chicks. The students had the opportunity to draw posters about the life cycle of a chick and were allowed to hold the chicks a few days after they had hatched. With the overwhelming interest from the whole school and scores of people wanting to see/hold the chicks it wasn’t long before name suggestions were starting to flow in from every direction. To name a few we had Chick Norris, Chickle Brothers, TweetyPie and many more. The chicks were becoming quite accustomed to being handled and the students were overjoyed with having the chicks attend their science classes. This made for some fantastic photo opportunities and made the national science week a huge success with everyone getting involved.
The chicks have now gone off to their new forever home where they will live out their natural lives, hopefully providing lots of eggs for their new owners.