- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) - Hatching chicks has gone high tech at St. George Grade School.

Sure, the eggs and, eventually, the chicks that University of Illinois Extension Program Coordinator Holly Froning brought to the kindergarten classrooms here followed the age-old tradition of incubation and cracking their way out of the shell, when the time was right.

But the kindergarten students of teachers April Flaws and Sheryl Gullickson didn’t have to worry about missing an exciting moment of the process, thanks to a time-lapse video provided by a documenting camera and displayed on the classrooms’ Smartboard.

Little Ryan Weakley was the official “teacher’s assistant” on the hatching day, and he admitted he was “a little nervous.”

“It took like four hours and when they came out they were wet and hungry,” he said, wide-eyed.



The reaction was the same next door where young Tate Marcotte assured that this was a hands-on experience he’d never forget. Of course, the hands-on portion came later as the fluffy chicks were approved for limited petting.

“They’re nice, but they’re not good pets,” Tate said, echoing one of Froning’s strong messages.

“We did this in 15 classrooms, across Kankakee County,” Froning said. “It’s been about 10 years that we’ve been doing this, and the kids still enjoy it.”

In Flaws’ class, the push was on to use the chicks’ arrival as a focus for writing. In higher grades, the focus shifts to embryology. The 21-day hatching period proved to be the right amount of time to hold the kindergarteners’ interest.

Froning noted that the chicks will go to her farm now. They’ll become Leghorn White layers in nine months and they might provide the next generation of hatchlings for students next spring.

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Online: The (Kankakee) Daily Journal, https://bit.ly/1fN1k4m

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