This past week we received 66 eggs from one of our Peralta families, the Bakers! A HUGE thanks goes to them for helping us out this year with our chicken hatch! The kiddos have been having such a great time learning all about them! This week we talked about some pretty important facts:
- Girls are called Hens, boys are called Roosters, babies are Chicks!
- We learned about the different parts to both hens and roosters.
- Eggs can be all different colors such as green, blue, brown, white. They are also different sizes.
- Only fertilized eggs will develop into chickens, so those ones at the grocery store will never work! (Although Trader Joes sells fertile eggs)
- It takes 21 days for a chick to hatch.
- We’re using a machine called an “incubator” to hatch our eggs. It acts like a Momma chicken.
- The incubator is about 100 degrees.
- We have to rotate the eggs 3 times a day.
- They have a cap like tip on their beak called the “egg tooth”. It helps them to get out of the shell.
- They will be wet and tired when they are first born.
- They eat mashed up seeds and grain.
- They are fully grown and will start laying their own eggs at 5 months of age.
Check out this cool video to learn about the daily development!