Monday, May 5, 2008

DAY 2: Wednesday, April 16, 2008

There are 3 students participating in our chick-hatching adventure. Because this is a public blog, I am simply going to refer to them by letters. Student “C” has eggs 1-12, Student “B” has eggs 13-24, and Student “A” has eggs 25-36. Student “A” has established an attachment to egg #27 and is very hopeful for hatching! We’ll have to wait and see…

Today the temperature ranged from 98-99 in the incubator and we turned the eggs twice – 12 hours apart. Each student washed her hands and then took turns, one at a time, turning their 12 eggs. “C” is so gentle with hers and turns them without lifting them from the incubator. She knows exactly how far to turn them. Her arms are short, so I have to rotate the location of the eggs for her so she can then turn another without having to reach too far. “B” is pretty careful and it’s hard to tell if she’s excited or just doing this because it’s something we are doing. “A” makes me very nervous. She thinks she has to lift the egg up out of the incubator turn it, switch hands and then put it back down. I hope she doesn’t drop one! But she’s having a good time and is excited to be participating.

I added water and also a couple drops of blue food coloring to the incubator so I can easily see if it needs more water in the days to come.

Everyone washed their hands after. We don't want anyone getting salmonella.

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