2013 Chick Watchat Mary L. TracyApril 29th – May 10th
The Eggs Arrive Every class begins visiting the incubatoronce a day to observe the eggs. Then, the kids return to class to write intheir journals What did I see? What did I hear? What did I smell?
Thank you Mr. and Mrs.Capecelatro, for goingto UCONN to get our12 eggs and giving us theincubator for thisproject!
The Eggs Arrive The early observations are full of wonder. The eggs had x’s and o’s on them so wecould track rotating them 3 times a day. I see hugs and kisses on the eggs. I hear chirping. I smell coffee.
The Days Go By It was a long, long wait. It became harder and harder to think ofthings to write in the observation journals. I see the red light. I hear the fan turn on and off. I smell nothing!
The Days Go On… and On And the wait grew longer. Then, one day something was a little different. As the chicks’ due date grew closer, Mr.Bruder added a webcam. I see the little box on top. It’s a camera. I hear nothing! I smell nothing!
The Days Go On… and On And the wait grew even longer. One of the children summed up what we allwere thinking… How do we know something is in there? This experiment truly was a leap of faith,and the adults began wondering, “What ifnothing happens?”
Then one day somethingdid change!On Monday, May6th, one egg had a crack!
At Last… A Crack Appears The journal writing was excited and hopeful. Everyone saw the crack. I saw the shell moving! I heard chirping! I smelled fedders! Our first chick was on his way, and he wasnoisy! But he was also very, very slow; and by 7:30 p.m.nothing new had happened.
At Last… A Chick Arrives Sometime about 7:55 p.m. on May 6th, thefirst chick arrived. Some families saw it on the webcam andemails started flying! It seemed like within only a few hours, and --with none of the chicks taking the time ourfirst one did – soon there were four, thensix.
The webcam was a wonderful addition to the project,and at 11:00 on Tuesday morning, everyone got to seeone little chick push out of his shell, including kidswatching the webcam in a school in New Jersey!
The chicks peck naturally.. the shiny tin foil ballsattracted them to the dish, and when they pecked, theyfound the food.The marbles in the water dish prevented them fromfalling in and drowning if they got into the water dish.
Time to Say Goodbye On May 10th, it was time for our chicks totravel to Buttermilk Farm – their new home! By then, they had names:Sebastian, Smiley, Mickey, Sunshine, Cookie, Fluffy, Cooper, Rose, and Fuzzy. “Look how tiny they are!” “I want to take one home!” “One was running. 9 hatched, 3 didn’t. Two knocked into each other. One fell down.” “They’re sleeping. They’re fighting. They’re eating. I sawall of them in the pen. I heard chirps. I smellednothing.”