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Wednesday 23 May 2018

Hatching chicks in the classroom!

There was something cooking in the classroom at Taunaugh National School last week as a plan put in place after Easter came to fruition.

A group of pupils embarked on an exciting science project at the Riverstown school - hatching their very own chicks. Principal Linda McMahon explains: "Our aim was to hatch chicks in an incubator in the classroom. To increase the chances of success, forty-nine eggs were put in the incubator and three important factors were kept in mind, temperature, turning the eggs and humidity."

On day twenty, the first little chick arrived with many more to follow on day twenty-one. In total, forty-three chicks hatched.

Linda continues: "The excitement was palpable as the children arrived each morning to inspect the incubator and tried to keep count of all the chicks. They learned how a chick develops in the egg and how to care for and handle a newly-hatched chick. The classes made presentations on iPads, created artwork and completed scrapbooks all based on chickens."

The school welcomed many visitors once the chicks hatched including parents, family and friends.

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