We started the idea of having chicks in our classroom from a friend who has done this several years in her classroom.
She had an incubator that wasn’t in use and we decided to give it a try.
We got the eggs in the middle of May. Having chicks requires 21 dedicated days to rotate the eggs three times a day, and if you can get the participation of your custodial to help out for an early flip and/or late night rotation of the eggs.
Even though it wasn’t much of an engaging activity in our classroom, we usually had one or two kids engaged, wondering and watching what was happening inside the eggs.
Although it can be a small process, the egg we watched hatch was helped by the other chicks who had already been hatched as they smelled the food and were hungry.
It was a fascinating experience!
We originally had a dog cage prepared with chicken wire around it for the chicks to live in.
We ended up visiting a local farm and learned from them to just use a large sized rubbermaid bin. It was much easier to clean out, transport to and from school (when required as we had one chick who needed extra support to learn how to walk), and helped reduce the footprint of space used in our classroom.