Friday, February 10, 2012
I have to say, that I am not entirely for the process of incubating eggs. I adore chicks and ducklings. I have raised an orphaned duckling and rehabilitated it back into the wild. Yet, I have heard too many horror stories about hatching chicks/ducklings. For example, this one, where a custodian accidentally knocked the plug out of the incubator and the teacher came back to school in the morning to more than a dozen dead quails! One of my best friends, also a fellow animal lover, hatched duck eggs with her kindergarten class and had a hard time finding homes for all the healthy Peking ducks. She did not want to return them to a farm because she did not went them to be killed. She could not set ducks "free," since wild birds are territorial and will peck at and chase out intruders. She ended up giving the healthy ducks to a petting zoo. The ducks that struggled hatching and therefore had birth defects, required tons of vet visits and special care. These ducks became her pets and guess what, ducks can live 20 plus years! After 5 years of caring for the two remaining special needs ducks, she finally found a local rescue group that would take them.
As with any class pet, I want you to be informed and realize that these creatures will be your financial and physical responsibility.