4-H Is “EGG-Cellent!”

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“EGG-stravagant, EGG-citing, and EGG-strordinaire, are just a few words students would use to describe the 4-H Embryology program offered in Caldwell County schools.

In Caldwell County, North Carolina, nearly 300 second graders in 12 classrooms at 7 schools incubate, candle, and watch eggs hatch as part of the 4-H Embryology School Enrichment Program. 4-H provides and delivers incubators and fertilized eggs to classrooms in support of the second grade curriculum, as well as, delivering lessons that fulfill curriculum standards.

Embryology is the study or science of the growth and development of a living thing. In this project, students study the science and development of the chicken embryo.

child turning eggs

This student is turning the eggs. The eggs are turned three times a time to ensure a healthy hatch!

They observe the embryo growing inside the egg until it hatches into a chick. Students care for the eggs by manually turning the eggs three times a day to simulate the mother hen’s job.

adding water to incubator

Students are putting water in the bottom tray of the incubator. Humidity is important during the hatching process.

They also measure the temp and humidity of the incubator to create a safe growing environment for the eggs. In addition to caring for the eggs, the students are surprised and delighted to watch their hard work pay off as the chicks emerge from their homes. Students may handle and love on the chicks as they feed and care for them for three days after hatching.

Children have a natural sense of curiosity about living things in the world around them. Building on this curiosity, students can develop an understanding of biology concepts through direct experience with living things, their life cycles and their habitats. Many believe that students learn best through their experiences and interactions with the world. They learn by listening, observing, experimenting and applying their knowledge to real-world situations. 4-H is designed to promote, deliver, and execute this style of learning through the programs we offer.

marking x on eggs

Student is marking the eggs with an X on one side and an O on the other. This helps us keep track as we turn the eggs.

If you or someone you know is interested in up-coming events, clubs, and summer exploring fun, you can find us online at  https://caldwell.ces.ncsu.edu/ or call 828-757-1290 for more information. We would love to have you join our programs that have “EGGs-ponential” value.

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Photo of Tina Lovejoy, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionTina LovejoyCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (828) 757-1290 (Office) tina_lovejoy@ncsu.eduCaldwell County, North Carolina
Updated on May 9, 2018
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