Baldwin County Public Schools
Orange Beach Elementary Orange Beach, AL
OBES "Hatch-n-Release" Program
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Chick Hatching Video can be viewed HERE or HERE.

March 22, 2013

"Hatch-n-Release" is over for the year!  Mr. Scott Carter from Legacy Farms is going to take the Cochin with the splayed legs back to doctor him/her to health and the others are going to live with Mrs. Lynn.  Eli is so excited to build chicken coops and watch these babies grow up!  We also found out today that the chicken in the bluish-green egg is a first generation Olive Egger.  Olive Egger chickens are a cross between a Black Copper Maran and the Ameruacana.  It will be a beautiful chicken that will lay dark olive green eggs.  Talk about having green eggs and ham!  Everyone have a great spring break and we look forward to having "Hatch-n-Release" again next year.

March 21, 2013

Hi Chick Followers,
We had another Cochin hatch yesterday around noon.  Mrs. Edward's Project Jubilee Class for the sixth grade was so fortunate to be able to watch the chick hatch.  That last little chick has developed "splayed" legs (the chick's legs will not straighten under him, causing him to have difficulty walking) and is being treated with a bandage to help strengthen and straighten his legs.  It also looks like our last little egg is not going to hatch. :(  We have had a great hatch rate of 4/7 or 57%.  That's not a bad rate!  Tomorrow we will end our "Hatch-n-Release" season with a drawing for some chocolate chicks.

March 20, 2013

Yippee!! Chickee!!  We have three baby chicks!  The Cochin, Wyandotte, and Yard Chick have hatched.  Today is the first day of appropriate that eggs symbolize birth, growth, springtime renewal, good luck, and hope. Eggs represent the beginning of life!  Mrs. Roberts, Mrs. Cahn, Mrs. Middleton, Mrs. Lynn, Mrs. G. and every other teacher at OBES are proud Marlin Mamas today!  Mrs. Brocato is the most excited; just ask her about our new babies!

March 19, 2013

It was Day 2, but Mrs. Roberts changed our countdown to Day 1!  We have a pip!  For those novice egg hatchers, a pip is where the little chick hits the egg shell repeatedly with his/her egg tooth.  It is hard work and our chicks will be so tired once they hatch.  The humidity is high so their membranes will not dry out causing them to stick to their shells and the temperature is just right.  All OBES Marlins come by sometime today and see the hard work of our little chicks.  HATCH DAY IS HERE!

March 18, 2013

Three more days!  We are really getting ready now.  Chick food is here, Mrs. Moore is decorating our brooder box, the turning plate has been removed from the incubator and replaced with paper towels, and the humidity in the incubator is high.  Can anyone tell Mrs. Roberts why the humidity needs to be high until the chicks have hatched?

March 15, 2013

Today is day 6 of our countdown!  Since our chicks will hatch next week, we have to think about food.  They receive nourishment from the yolk in the beginning, but will need some chicken food in a couple of days.  They eat food that is made up of corn, wheat, or sorghum.  Sounds "yummy!"  Mrs. Roberts will spend some time this weekend getting food and setting up a warm brooder (a box with water, food, and a light for warmth). We are ready to see our baby chicks!

March 14, 2013

Day 7 is here!  Several students from Mrs. Brunick's, Mrs. Vermillion's, and Mrs. Baggett's classes answered correctly that it takes a full day (24-26 hours) for a hen to lay an egg.  If any of you have ever had laying hens you know that you collect eggs everyday!  Our question for today:  Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain this vitamin....(hint: our bodies also produce this vitamin in response to sunlight!).  What is the vitamin?

March 13, 2013

Day 8!  We all know that it takes 21 days for a chicken egg to hatch, but do you know how long it takes a hen (the mama chicken) to produce an egg?  Take a guess and send your answers to Mrs. Roberts.

March 12, 2013

Day 9 is a sad day at Hatch-n-Release:(
Mrs. G and Mrs. Roberts were checking the eggs yesterday after school and noticed that one of the shells looked spotted on one end (almost like water was seeping through the egg).  So we decided to candle all of the eggs.  Eli Lynn and Connor Gehr helped us determine that two of the eggs never developed.  The difference was obvious to all of us....two eggs had no air sack and no network of blood vessels.  When comparing them to my pictures of what could go wrong it looks like one had an early death and one never developed.  The Silver Laced Wyandotte and Cochin eggs are the two that did not make it.
On a happier note, we do still need to celebrate because we have five eggs that look great!

March 11, 2013

13, 12, 11, 10!  Now the real count down begins.  Everything is looking great with our little chicks to be.  Mrs. Roberts will probably candle again on day 7.  Can someone tell Mrs. Roberts what day of the week day 7 will fall on?

March 7, 2013

Day 14!  Mrs. Lynn's and Mrs. Gehr's classes also correctly identified all of our chicks.  I know everyone is excited about candling the eggs today.  Eli Lynn and Brian Carter Brunick helped me this morning.....and.....success!  We candled three of the seven eggs and saw very nicely defined air sacks, blood vessels, and even the shadow of a baby chick.  Pictures will be on facebook, so make sure you check them out!

March 6, 2013

Day 15!  Mrs. Bradford's and Mrs. Baggett's classes have correctly identified the names of our chicks.  Everyone keep trying!  We will list the names one day next week.  Tomorrow is the day to candle the eggs and hopefully they will have a network of red blood vessels and a small air sack at the top (big part) of the egg.  Check facebook for pictures of the process!

March 5, 2013

Day 16!  Mrs. Brunick's class is now in the drawing for a "Chocolate Chick" two times.  They correctly identified the last turn of the day on Friday and then identified Day 14 as the day Mrs. Roberts should candle the eggs!  Mrs. Bauer's class did the math for candling in their heads while the class was discussing the eggs! Their names are in the basket also along with several of Mrs. Baggett's students. 




Everyone please visit and identify the types of chicks we will hatch.  The initials of our chicks are:  SLW, C, GLC and BLRW!  Get the names to Mrs. Roberts so you can be entered in the drawing!

March 4, 2013

Our chick eggs rested well over the weekend and were still warm at 99.5 degress fahrenheit when Mrs. Cahn and I checked them.  Days 18 and 19 passed quickly and now we are at day 17 until hatch.  Problem of the day:  I need to candle the eggs at 1/3 of their incubation period.  On what day of the count down, do I need to candle the eggs?  (You may ask, "What is candling?"  I will look at each egg using a strong flashlight to see if red blood vessels are present.  That's a very good sign that we will have a great hatch rate!) Everyone, ask your teacher to send me your responses and I will enter you in our drawing for Day 6 of the County Down.  We will be drawing for a "Chocolate Chick".  Have a great Monday!

Happy Hatching,
Mrs. Roberts

March 1, 2013

It's day 20 and every seems so excited to watch the eggs, especially if you catch them turning.  They turn every 45 minutes.  If anyone wants to plan a visit when they turn, the last turn was at 8:15 a.m.  The first student to come to Resource and tell me when the last turn before school ends at 12:00 p.m. today will get a prize!

Feb. 28, 2013

The Count-Down has begun!  Our 7 chicks arrived yesterday and have been tucked snuggly into their warm bed for 21 days at a temperature of 99.5 degrees fahrenheit.  Thank you to Scott and Emily Carter of Carter's Legacy Farms for providing us with these eggs.  Log on to their website and follow them on Face Book and Twitter to learn more about a working hobby farm.  Also read about the various types of chickens they raise and be ready to answer questions in order to enter our drawing for a "Chocolate Chick"!

Feb. 27, 2013

Stay tuned for Orange Beach Elementary's "Hatch-n-Release" starting this Thursday!  We will be incubating and hopefully hatching a few soft, yellow chicks just in time for Kindergarten's Egg Day.  Help us count down the 21 days to hatch day!

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