The third grade children at St. Ephrem School in Bensalem, under the direction of their teacher, Marie Nowak, participated recently in a project to observe chicks hatching in the classroom.

The project was conducted by Penn State Extension/College of Agricultural Sciences. The 4-H representative conducted a talk and demonstration Feb. 8 regarding the whole process of the chick hatching.

The seven eggs arrived in the morning and were placed in an incubator. The children rotated the eggs three times a day for a period of three days and made sure that the temperature was 100 degrees.  During the weekend there was no rotation.

When the children arrived to school on Monday two chicks had hatched. Eventually all the eggs hatched, and the children were the proud parents of Sarah, Tweet-Tweet, Jordy, Chicken Little, Quacky, Tray and Stewie.

The students of grade 3A invited all the other children in the school to visit and pet the chicks.

While the children will miss the chicks, since they were taken to a Bucks County Farm on Friday, Feb. 17, their project taught them the gift of life and caring for animals and for each other.

See photos from the activity at St. Ephrem School below:

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The children admire they chicks hatched under their care in the classroom.

The children admire they chicks hatched under their care in the classroom.

A teacher shines a light into the fertilized egg so children can see the chick inside, compared to the unfertilized eggs bought at a market.

A teacher shines a light into fertilized eggs so children can see the chicks inside, compared to unfertilized eggs bought at a market.