3rd grader M is hatching chicks this week in school. I went in to school today to take some pictures of the two that hatched. M’s younger sister K and E got a chance to meet and hold the chicks too.
- It takes 21 days for the chick to hatch after being laid.
- It takes 6 months for the chick to grow into an adult, after which the hen can lay their own eggs
- Chicks will eat seeds, bugs and worms
- There are approximatelty 175 varieties of chickens. They are grouped into 12 classes and approximately 60 breeds based on geographical areas : – Asiatic, American, Continental, English, Mediterranean
- Not all chicks are yellow. Some are brown, and some are black – like the Barred Plymouth Rock (check out the pictures on the right of the screen)
Chicken eggs in a chicken coop at a local farm
Egg Story Sequencing Cards (I cut these out, colored them in with colored pencil and laminated them with self-stick contact laminating sheets)
Chick Life Cycle Video (photo slideshow)
I borrowed this image from Eggs.org.au
On double yolk eggs
“Double-yolk eggs occur when ovulation occurs too rapidly, or when one yolk becomes joined with another yolk. These eggs may be the result of a young hen’s productive cycle not yet being synchronized. Some hybrid breeds of hens also produce double yolk eggs by default. Such eggs are produced in West Bengal, India and in particular by Arambagh Hatcheries in Arambagh”
Double yolked eggs will not produce twins because their is not enough food and room for them to grow.
Adult chicken (no idea what breed)