Molly, age 2, holds newly hatched chick (Photo Douglas County 4-H Program)
Back by popular demand, the 4-H Program is hatching chicks in their office again this spring.
The incubation process begins March 3 with a projected hatch date of March 23. All Parker community members are invited to view the eggs as they develop, watch the hatching process, and visit the birds once they are born.
In 2009, several home school associations brought kids to view the hatching process and the chicks. 4-H also had visits from pre-schoolers, special education students, and other residents from around Douglas County.
Embryology is a popular school enrichment program offered by Douglas County 4-H and available to Parker, CO students. Each spring, students witness the development of life through observation of incubated eggs. They learn about embryonic development, look inside eggs during development by “candling”, and view the hatching process.
One young student commented that he “learned a lot about the chicken life cycle”. Another classroom named their chicks Oreo, Peanut Butter Pie, and Cookie and was quite concerned that their hatchlings find other chicks to play with when they went to a new home.
“Embryology is one of our most requested enrichment programs. Last year, we placed programs into 30 classrooms in Douglas County, including Parker,” said Mary Baldwin, 4-H Outreach Agent. “Our new temperature-controlled incubators increased our hatching success rate, and we had lots of positive feedback from teachers.”
The Douglas County 4-H Program expects their little peepers to come into the world beginning the week of March 23, but as with all things in nature, this is only an estimate. Parker, CO residents are invited to visitation hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 4-H is located in the CSU Extension Building on the Douglas County Fairgrounds at 410 Fairgrounds Road in Castle Rock.
For information on Parker, CO school enrichment programs available through the Douglas County 4-H Program, please view the web site at www.douglascountyextension.org or call Mary Baldwin at the4-H office at 720-733-6940.
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