Hillary Pope, Area Livestock & Forages Agent
With the start of summer and the many activities available to youth, I partnered with the Allendale County Library Summer Reading Program and set up an incubator. Students learned about embryology and the chicken life cycle by listening to the book Hatching Chicks in Room 6 by Caroline Arnold, followed by a fun game. The incubator was set up in the library where everyone could see and learn about chick development. It takes 21 days for an embryo to develop into a chick. Youth and patrons could watch a few of the chicks hatch. A total of 13 chicks hatched, and several youth and adults were very excited to watch the chicks hatch, fluff out, and grow some before the chicks left to go to their new home. The chicks then went back to the local farmer that donated the eggs. If you are interested in learning more about the different embryology programs, please contact Hillary Pope, email@example.com.
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