Friday, April 19, 2013

Incubation Station - The Chicks Have Arrived!

Remember I told you round 3 of my science obsession was coming soon?  Well......
Our chicks have finally arrived and are growing fast!! We started our chicken life cycle unit 6 weeks ago and this was one of my most educational experiences yet!  My classroom was FULL every morning before and after school with kiddos coming to see our first babies arrive!  I am attaching lots of pictures so get ready!

I surprised my students with eggs in March.  They went on Spring Break and then came back with only a week left before they hatched.  I planned it that way so they wouldn't lose interest waiting 21 days!

The chicks need to stay warm after hatching so they spent 3 more weeks under a heat lamp.  They needed to get feathers first.  My daughter named them right away.  The first one she called "Chickadee", and the second one."Hamburger".  I guess they looked like hamburger when they first hatched..LOL!  We had 4 total hatch out of 12.

Here is a short video clip of the first chick who hatched:

They hatched on day 20 and 21.  By day 23, I broke the rest open to show the students that they hadn't been fertilized.

We started an observation journal a few days before they hatched.  They loved this part of the day because they could observe them and write about how they changed each day.  And boy do they!  One week later, they were already trying to fly!


They are growing up! Sniff!

I have feathers now!

We did a little comparing with chickens and ducks.  We put together a Venn Diagram to show our learning.  They made chickens and ducks to go with it.

If any of you have been thinking of hatching eggs with your students, I highly recommend it!  They will love it!  
Here is my Incubation Station Math and Literacy Unit.  It has 141 pages of fun!  It has detailed instructions on getting you started with hatching eggs and the activities are differentiated for the primary grades K-2.  Just click the picture links to see more.  It will be 20% off today only!

Happy Spring and Happy Hatching!


  1. OMGosh!! I am got so excited reading your post!! We are on day 10 of our eggs being in the incubator. I candled the eggs today with 2 classes. They were soooo excited to see the eye and see the chicks moving inside. I love your pictures! :)
    First Grade Funtastic

    1. Thanks Sara! I hope your students like it as much as mine!!

  2. Hatching eggs sounds like such a fun experiment to do with the class. My school has an incubator. I might look into hatching some birds for next year. Although I have heard from other teachers that our incubator has not been very successful in the past...

    Diary of a First Grade Teacher

    1. Incubators like the one I used are only around $40. The one I used was styrofoam and worked great!

  3. Hi Stacy! Just found your blog through Blog Hoppin, I'm your newest follower! I'm a science teacher & I just received funds to buy a chick incubator- I'm so excited!! Could you please let me know what do you do with the chicks? I know my kids would want to take them home but I don't think that will go over well with parents!! Also, I'm looking at a $200 incubator from Carolina Biological - do you recommend the one you used?? I would so appreciate your insights since you've done this before, thank you so much for any advice you can give!! My email is or blog is below. Thanks so much!!!

    Science for Kids Blog