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News Release

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Christian County Ag in the Classroom Is Hatching Fun and Learning In Edinburg

EDINBURG - First through fourth grade students in Edinburg are learning about chicken Embryology up close by hatching chicks in the classroom.  The program was offered by the University of Illinois Extension Agricultural Literacy’s “Ag in The Classroom” program. Melissa Febus, Christian County Agricultural Literacy Program Coordinator said, “Principal, Michelle Reiss chose this lesson for student’s because it is both fun and educational.”  Teachers participating in the program include: Amanda Durbin (K), Jessica Greenwood (1st grade) Shilyn Grossman (2nd grade) Tierr Thomason (3rd grade) and Ashley Mathis (4th grade).


Students learned about chicken Embryology – “the branch of biology and medicine concerned with the study of embryos and their development.” Each classroom housed the chicken eggs in incubators with automatic turners. Students were responsible for checking that their incubator was maintaining a constant temperature between 95-105 degrees Fahrenheit and also needed to keep the humidity level between 45%-55%. This is accomplished by adding water to small troughs in the incubators.


Hatch day is March 16th. On this day students should start seeing “pips” or small hole created by an egg tooth. This indicates to student’s that their chicks are ready to hatch. Febus adds, “It’s been very exciting for the students. I gave each class an incubation calendar to follow.  The calendar explains what’s happening inside the egg every day.”


Their project started Thursday, February 25th and will end Friday, March 18th when the baby chicks are collected and distributed to their new homes.


For more information about this program, please contact Melissa Febus at the Christian County Extension office in Taylorville at 217-287-7246.


    University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo. Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.


Local Contact: Melissa R. Febus, Program Coordinator, Agricultural Literacy,