Students at HHCS were patiently waiting for the eggs to hatch and monitoring the clutch daily. Then, on April 10, a couple of eggs finally pipped.
Over the next two days, the rest of them hatched, and nine little chicks – one with a physical disability – are now bringing smiles to students and staff alike.
“They have done a meet and greet with kindergarten and several other grades,” said biology teacher Mrs. Sarah Elder. “All of the classes did come and see them at one time or another, but our classroom visits included a curricular piece on things that hatch from eggs.”
Mrs. Elder secured the donation of fertile eggs, and brought them to school in her own incubator, a Little Giant.
“The elementary children got to hold the chicks and were all very excited,” said Ms. Amanda Casteel, another science teacher at HHCS. “Many of them have been stopping by to visit the chicks after breakfast and before their first class of the day.”
Middle school students have been observing the chickens’ growth and behaviors, including social behaviors and survival behaviors. Senior high students have studied embryology and considered why some eggs hatched while others did not.
Forrest, the chick who hatched late and has limited use of his legs, has been the subject of extra research and the object of extra affection. Alexis Albright, a fourth grader, even devised a wheel chair for Forrest.
“I made a wheel chair with a plastic cup so the chick could walk around,” said Alexis. “I took a plastic cup and a Perfection piece, and I taped it to the cup for a wheel, and then I made a hole for its leg to go through, so it could move around. It’s worked, but its leg keeps getting bigger.”
Third grader Bailey Stahlman holds a chick in the photo above.