The class has been a buzz with new life. The chicks are hatching!! The chicks are hatching!! We got a real glimpse into the life cycle of a chicken. Like good moms and dads, we prepared a home/habitat complete with food and water and even some rocks to play on. Then we watched. Pecking and peeping and cracking and squealing. Some were lucky enough to be standing by the incubator as chick after chick fought their way out of their eggs. Icky, sticky and weak, we watched as they teetered and tottered around waiting for them to dry their wings and become stronger. By the end of the week, we were chick experts - able to safely hold them, feed them, and, yes, we had to name them. Rockstar was first out. Next was Foxy and Popcorn. The two sets of twins were named after River and Odin. Chicken little and Henny Penny were last. On Friday we added one more surprise as Nugget was added to the clan. He was found by a friend down at Pioneer Park and needed a family to join. We were happy to oblige. We also had the cruel reminder that not all chicks hatch. We wondered why and examined the one egg that didn't produce a healthy chick.
Cathy Farber is a Kindergarten teacher at Bert Edwards Science & Technology School in Kamloops, B.C.