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Live chicken eggs arrived at Emmaus in an incubator to keep them warm. Hens lay eggs most days but only fertilised eggs develop into chicks. The eggs used for cooking are sterile eggs with no developing chick inside.
We observed the eggs and talked about the chicks growing inside, almost ready to hatch out.
We looked at a non fiction text and pictures of the chicks growing inside live eggs. We predicted when the chicks may hatch.
The Chicks Began to Hatch!
After three days the live eggs began to crack and very soon one of the ten eggs had hatched! The remaining nine chicks were to follow soon.
We observed the chicks hatching, made videos with the Reception children on the iPads and talked about how the chicks used their beaks to peck at the inside of the shell to break it. We could hear the chicks cheeping to one another and to the chicks still inside their eggs!
The chicks had damp feathers when they hatched and were very tired and wobbly on their legs. Many children remembered that the chicks' feather needed to dry out because the inside of their eggs were wet.
Lots of children recalled that the boy chicks are yellow and the girl chicks are brown.