Contact Us

Deanna Roby
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Phone: 630-584-6166
FAX: 630-584-4610

Incubation & Embryology for School Classrooms

Incubation & Embryology for School Classrooms


  • Beginner Teacher Training, March 1, 4:45-7:45 p.m., Naperville
  • Advanced Teacher Training, March 2, 4:45-6:15 p.m., St. Charles
  • Egg Orders due by March 1
  • Egg Pick up, April 11 (DuPage) and April 12 (Kane)

What is more fascinating than seeing a fully developed baby chick emerge from an egg? Just three weeks of incubation transforms a seemingly lifeless chicken egg into an active, living being.

This hands-on project is designed to give your students the opportunity to hatch chicks in their own classroom. During the 21-day incubation period, students learn to prepare eggs, set up an incubator, record progress, turn eggs, and test eggs for fertility. The project aligns with state learning standards.

For additional details, please click on the 2016 Program Brochure provided below. 

For Kane and DuPage teachers who have already attended one of our training programs, check back for the Fertile Egg Order registration links for the county you will be working with for this program. Those links can be found in the Register Online section on the right side of this webpage in early 2016.

For more information on this U of I Extension program, visit