University of Illinois Extension
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4-H Incubation and Embryology Project

students can learn about embryonic development as they care for developing chicken eggs Life, in all its diverse forms, is a wonder that students can learn to appreciate and understand.

In the 4-H Incubation and Embryology Project, students ranging from kindergartners to high school seniors learn about embryonic development as they care for developing chicken eggs. During the three week incubation period, students learn not only the scientific facts of embryology, they learn that life involves caring, nurturing, struggles and joys.

Students study embryonic development by incubating eggs, hatching and caring for chicks and developing exhibits that demonstrate what they have learned.

Where to get project materials

The 4-H program provides teachers with fertile eggs, student manuals, and a teacher's guide and training. The teacher or school must provide the incubator. Incubators are available from:

Valentine, Inc. 4259 S. Western Blvd., Chicago, IL 60609 phone: 1-800-438-7883.

Teacher training programs

Teachers participating in the Incubation and Embryology Project for the first time must enroll in a teacher training program before starting the project.

The training sessions provide information on setting up your incubator, how to increase your odds of a successful hatch, and how to care for chicks. Also featured are learning activities you and your students can try in the classroom.