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Incubation & Embryology

Welcome to the Westchester County 4-H Incubation and Embryology Project. We hatched chicks in classrooms all over our county, in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan, too. If you would like to be put on the mailing list, call our office at 914-285-4620.

2017 4-H INCUBATION AND EMBRYOLOGY CLASSROOM PROJECT AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION 4-H OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY
Cornell University Cooperative Extension will be offering the opportunity to hatch chicken or duck eggs in the classroom as one of our 4-H STEM projects. Pre-ordered fertile eggs will be distributed immediately following the spring school break.  The 4-H Incubation and Embryology Project is an observational science project that offers classroom teachers the opportunity to satisfy STEM goals, use Language Arts skills and encourage observations and critical thinking.“Learning to learn” is basic to this project.

This program is designed to provide youth with life cycle knowledge about the chicken's egg, its sequence of embryonic development and the incredible nature of birds.

Brooding.Daily care and handling of a dependent chick is presented as an important part of this project.Requirements for growth and health of the chick include providing warmth and cleanliness.Students can make comparisons with their own requirements for growth, health and safety. A habitat in a box!

HELPFUL HINTS FOR HATCHERS!

Hints for Hatchers
Control Relative Humidity
Basic Rules
Hints for Duck Hatchers
Basic Rules for Ducks

FAVORITE WEB SITES FOR THE 4-H INCUBATION & EMBRYOLOGY PROJECT

4H Embryology Project from Penn State:
http://extension.psu.edu/4h/projects/poultry/embr...
http://extension.psu.edu/4-h/projects/poultry/emb...

Egg Camera from University of Nebraska: Watch them hatch, good candling videos, photos of non-viable eggs at different days during incubation, photos of hatchlings and adults.
http://lancaster.unl.edu/4h/Embryology/

University of Florida Incubation and Embryology- tutorials, lessons, even a song!
http://florida4h.org/embryology/index.shtml

Chickscope . This is biological imaging and more from University of Illinois Extension:
http://chickscope.itg.uiuc.edu/explore

Visit the 4-H Virtual Farm to visit several types of farms and hear what farmers have to say.
http://www.sites.ext.vt.edu/virtualfarm/main.html

For great photos from Great Britain
http://www.feathersite.com

American Egg Board lessons plan
http://www.aeb.org/about-aeb/for-educators/

New York State 4-H Poultry Site
http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/4H/birds/index.html

How to Raise Chicks from Mississippi State
http://msucares.com/4h_Youth/4hpoultry/chicks.htm...

National Agriculture in the Classroom --Search the states by grade level, subject and topic.
http://www.agclassroom.org

NY State Agriculture in the Classroom
www.agclassroom.org/ny

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Biology and Feathers
http://www.birdsleuth.org/bird-biology/

Last updated April 28, 2017