Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I am the egg, man

And here you thought those of us in the city didn't know which came first. Well, now we do.

Is this a common school project? I have no idea, but Tsia's preschool is hosting 12 little eggs this week. Farmer Albie brought his gorgeous bantam chickens to tell us all about eggs, and he's loaned us a dozen to incubate. Every day we turn the eggs, and when they hatch (I hope) next Monday and Tuesday we'll care for the little chicks until it's time to go back home at the end of the week.








I'm not sure who's more excited: the kids or their parents. But I suspect we'll be sad to see our little friends go home next Friday.

And by the way, they come at the same time. The chickens come in a little cage, and the eggs come in an egg carton, all set to nest down in the incubator. So that settles that question.

15 comments:

  1. How fun!

    She is such a little cutie pie.

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  2. How fun! In firs grade we hatched a few chick (maybe ducks) and we cared for them until they were grown. One family would take the chicks/ducks home for the weekend. It was awesome. I have pictures of me and my little sister playing with the ducks in a kiddy pool in our backyard. I hope you guys enjoy the eggs!

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  3. Cute! My mum used to do this in her classroom when she was a teacher! The kids used to love it!

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  4. When my mom worked at a pre school they did that too... We had a pet chicken for a couple years... She was so sweet!

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  5. both my girls did this last year in their respective schools (kindergarten and preschool) they LOVED it and i had fun with it too!

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  6. Oh my gosh that is awesome! I'm pretty jealous myself. My only question is, did the farmer dress up like that on purpose, or is that really how he is?

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  7. I did this project in Kidnegarten. It was extra cool for me, though, since it was my chickens who supplied the eggs. I earned a couple cool points among my classmates for that one.

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  8. His banties are gorgeous. Maybe you can have house chickens?

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  9. We did something like that in second or third grade. I can't remember, but none of our eggs hatched. :(

    I was just talking to my husband about it the other day. I was thinking about how weird it is to reproduce with eggs. It's like magic!

    I hope those hatch! I love some chicks!

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  10. Just so much fun! We used to do this at my school where I worked and it had so many benefits. Not just the typical ones of learning about chickens, etc. but also helping children with lessons in responsibility and showing compassion towards something that needs to be taken care of.

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  11. It's a great project, I used to do it when I worked in a coop preschool and it was always successful. Only once one egg didn't hatch and another time one of the chicks had to be put down; but neither event was too traumatic for the kids. It was nerve wrecking for me though, taking care of them and making sure they were going to be alright!
    Enjoy!

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  12. my daughter's kindergarten class did the egg project...it was a raving success! your daughter is very cute!

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  13. Beautiful chickens! And how cool to watch the eggs hatch!

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  14. sweet sweet! love the kids and the concept and Farmer Abby ain't to bad either.

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  15. Thats a very interesting post. I have been inspired. Thanks.

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