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Welcome to Embryology 2020!

This year, due to COVID-19, our embryology projects in 2nd-grade classrooms were cut short, but we had an idea! We’ve added pictures, a video and worksheets to this page to help you still enjoy the embryology project. Be sure to check back here on March 30th for a sneak peek inside the incubators!

Eggs were placed in incubators on March 10 and candled on March 17. Hatching should begin late on March 30 and run through March 31.

Candling an Egg

Candling an Egg

Why do we do embryology programming?

Children have a natural sense of curiosity about living things in the world around them. Building on this curiosity, students can develop an understanding of biology concepts through direct experience with living things, their life cycles, and their habitats. Many believe that students learn best through their experiences and interactions with the world. They learn by listening, observing, experimenting and applying their knowledge to real-world situations. An additional goal of 4-H programming is to help students develop life skills. Life skills are abilities that help an individual live a productive and satisfying life.

We candled an egg that was at Bogue Sound Elementary and recorded it. See the video of the embryo moving inside the egg while candling!

Want to learn more on your own? Download the Embryology Worksheets!

Watch an animated version of Chicken Embryo Development.

Watch this video to see how chickens get oxygen while in their shell.

Hey Parents! Want to make sure they got the correct answers? Click on the answers link.

It’s Day 11!

Development is really starting to speed up. If we could see our chick, it would look something like this:

egg development chart

The legs of the chick are beginning to get scales and its claws are growing and starting to curl. The abdominal wall is established and the intestines are more visible. The intestine is also pushing its way back into the yolk sac, which it will fully absorb before hatching. Feathers are beginning to appear and the comb and wattles are developing. The chick will grow so rapidly now, you are likely to see just a large shadow moving if you candled the egg up until hatching.

Check out this candling video on day 11!

Want to learn more? Download these Embryology 2 Worksheets.

Parents – here’s the Embryology 2 Answers.

It’s Hatch Day!

Today is the day! We had two chicks hatch overnight. This is not unusual – some breeds will hatch a little early and some a little later than the set hatch day. 

See them hatch. Start watching the video at 3:15 to see the first chick and 4:31 for the second. 

A live feed has been set up to run through today (3.30.20). The video is still available for viewing.

Chicks are in the Brooder!

Most of the chicks have hatched and are in the brooder. See them here. We will be adding chicks as they hatch and dry.