hatching chicken eggs

My class is trying to hatch chicken eggs...

Here is our incubator:

Here are the cute chicken eggs (we got a dozen):

I put the document camera over the incubator, so we could see it on the projector screen (all day). My students LOVED watching the progress. A few chickens started pecking little holes! 

I even let them stay in for last recess just to watch:

When I left school today, none of them had hatched.

When I went into check on them around 7:30pm... a chick hatched!!
I couldn't believe it!!

Look how cute this little guy is:

I can't wait to show my students tomorrow and I hope no more hatch during the night...
I want them to hatch while the students are there... cross your fingers!

Have you hatched chicken eggs before?
Any advice?


  1. How fun! The kindergartners at my school have incubator in their room too. They are so excited about it.

  2. I've never done this before, but it looks fun! Where do you get the supplies? What do you do with the chicks after? So cute! :)


  3. Our kinderclasses had chicks last week. We saw three of the eight hatch. The kids just love them. They grow so fast so take lots of pictures. We have held them twice now what joy!!

  4. I have never done this but I would LOVE to! How cute is that chick!

  5. I've done this for about the past 20 years or so...what can I say..I"M OLD! Anyway, this is one of the most amazing things you can do in your classroom..I never tire of it! Our eggs are going in next Monday. Make sure you have a large box with a heat lamp, as they need that when they're so little. Chick starter (you can get it at local feed stores) is needed for their food. They can stay in the incubator for about 24 hours until they are dry. They are just precious when they fall asleep on top of one another! I'm so excited for you, as you will want to do this year after year! If you have any questions, and not that I'm an expert, but I'll help you in any way that I can!




    Enjoy your new babies!

  6. What fun for your students! I'm wondering the same thing as Janae...what do you do with the chicks when you are done watching them?

  7. a.) Love your blog!

    b.) We have hatched chicks every year. It is SoOoOo fun! However, it does required you to sharpen your classroom management skills. My class was practically levitating with joy!

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

  8. We just had eggs too! We had 3 eggs and 2 hatched. It was soooo much fun. The kiddos loved it. When we left one evening only one had poked it's little beak out and when we got back the next morning we had two chicks! We had a huge name debate and I let them vote on names. They loved every minute of it. I will be doing it again. The hardest thing was keeping them warm enough after they hatched. So glad your kids are loving it too.

  9. So happy to see this post! We are in the process of hatching eggs in our classroom as well. This is the first time I have ever done this and I am excited to have found someone I can go to for advice! Enjoy your time with the chicks!
    1 thing we have worked on daily is a flip book of the inside of the egg. The students draw a picture of what the inside looks like every day for 21 days. Flipping through the book they can view the process. They turn out very neat.

  10. We just emailed you some tips and ideas to use :)

  11. I'm sorry to say I don't have any advice... but I can tell you that when I was in 6th grade, we hatched baby chickens too! I can still remember it chirping in the corner. Have fun!! :)

    Technology, Teaching, and Talking

  12. This is SUPER cute!!! I remember doing this when I was in 5th grade....I loved it then and I love it now. I plan on doing it in my future classroom as well! Eggcellent idea!!! lol

  13. The cutest thing I ever did was let the children name their eggs and I called them their babies. They became so much more invested in this process and it was so cute to watch their reactions. I use to pretend the chicks were talking to me.
    I connected this process to them and introduced words like delicate and fragile and we talked about being responsible for a pet. You can use lots of thinking maps for this but we also talked about the process of giving the chicks away so they could live on a farm where they would be happy!
    Love your blog!

  14. What a great idea to put the incubator on display with your document camera!!

  15. I am trying to decide on what type of incubator to buy for my classroom and would love suggestions. Thanks

    1. Hi. I've been reseraching incubators for my classroom also. I was looking to purchase the Brinsea classroom set, it has everything you need (incubator, candler, brooder, etc) with the exception of the eggs. But, it is costly....I was able to borrow one from the local feed store here...just so I can figure out if this is something I'd like to keep doing after this year, or if it's a one year deal. :)

      But, let me know what you decide, I'm very interested in what teachers have to say about this exciting experiement.


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