Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Quarter “Quail”

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See! the size of a quarter!

23 days of pure anticipation…for our quail babies to hatch! I was utterly head over heels for these little guys and so were all the kiddos! on May 1st we set 24 quail eggs donated by our local 4H. Hatch Day was Thursday…it came…we waited…saw pipping…went home

Came to school Thursday morning and all but 6 had hatched!! We got to experience 2 hatch before 8am! It is absolutely amazing!

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They chicks are so small we have to cover the metal with napkins so their little feetsies won’t get stuck!

Do you hatch chicks? This was my fist year with quail. We did chickens last year. Loved them, but will request these little guys again next year! So clean, so absolutely presh! They have already been whicked away to our local park to repopulate the population there. They are in a special cage for the next 6 weeks, then they run free! It’s funny to go out and run and see quail waltzing around!

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here’s 6 in my teammies hands and me trying to hold all 20!

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Sweet sorrow…having to say goodbye. Yes, there were some tears

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I had ordered postcards from Vistaprint to serve as birth announcements to deliver to all the other classes.

Each student also got a Proud Chickie Parent sticker to wear!

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This program is specifically for our 2nd grade to study a full life cycle. We also use mealworms, painted ladies, and will add crickets next year!

If you are interested in hatching, contact your local university or 4H. Our 4-H teams up with NC State University. Many have programs {and for free} for young students to learn about embryology.

Happy Hatching!
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Rachel

1 comment:

  1. That is amazing! I hatched chickens this year for the first time and loved it. We had 7 eggs but only 2 hatched. We did get to watch one egg hatch during our snack time. I am so going to do it again next year!!

    Heather

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