How exciting! The new baby chick hatched here at Mary’s School House in Valencia this week and everyone is overjoyed. As you can imagine, it’s been an exciting week for the children, teachers and the new chick. The children and the teachers had been keeping a close eye on the three chicken eggs which were housed in the incubator for 20 days. As a matter of fact, we were all very unsure if any of the three eggs were even fertile, but that’s why it’s best to incubate three eggs instead of one or two. Then, somewhat surprisingly, on the 21st day we hatched a healthy new baby chick! The little peeper is growing fast and seems to love all the attention it’s been getting from the kids.
This has been a wonderful life science project for the children and so much fun for us all. It’s something most of the the kids will all remember forever as they are able to see the chicken start from the egg, hatch and grow. Unfortunately, we still don’t have an answer to what came first, the chicken or the egg, but from the kids view, the egg came first. First they saw three eggs, then a few weeks later they saw one chick hatch. Without over thinking the question, the answer is obvious.
If you have a home child care or preschool and interested in hatching a baby chick, you’ll first need an incubator and three eggs. The incubator we have automatically rotates the eggs and keeps track of the hatch date. You can easily find the incubator and eggs online. This year we got the eggs locally from the Benson Family Farm located in Canyon Country. I don’t know if they usually provide fertile eggs to the public but they do sell organic eggs. You may contact them directly at 661-609-0365.
Anyway, you place the three eggs in the incubator and wait. In about 21 days you should hatch a new baby chick! Once hatched, the chick stays in the incubator for the first 24 hours before moving it to it’s temporary box, the same box the incubator comes in. It was a fun project for the children and the teachers, especially when the new baby chick hatched at Mary’s schoolhouse in Valencia.
If you’re looking for home child care in the Valencia area you may contact Mary Gregory at 661-210-7617.