4-H Embryology In-Home Summer Project

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Embryology: The Study of Life

hatched chick

What is the 4-H Embryology
In-Home Summer Project?

The 4-H Embryology Program is a long standing 4-H program that provides children, of all ages, a hands-on experience in the incubation period and hatching of chickens. The incubation period takes a total of 21 days for the chicks to hatch. Twelve fertile eggs, along with an incubator, and complete instructions will be picked up to the registered child/parent on an assigned date.

chick breaking shellChildren and parents will be responsible for caring for the eggs until the chicks are ready to hatch. After hatching the chicks (along with the incubator and supplies) will be scheduled to return them back to the Nash County 4-H staff. Here’s how it works:

Two Sessions Available

Each participant will receive an incubator, 12 eggs, a heat lamp, and feed.
Incubators must be returned thoroughly cleaned.

SESSION ONE

June 2 through June 26, 2020

Pick up incubator and set eggs on June 2nd

Incubate Eggs for 21 days – Day 21 (June 22nd) is Hatching Day

On June 26th by 12 p.m., return all baby chicks, clean incubator, and heat lamp. 

A Step by Step Manual will be provided to explain the daily responsibilities for participating in this project.

SESSION TWO

July 7 through July 31, 2020

Pick up incubator and set eggs on July 7th

Incubate Eggs for 21 days – Day 21 (July 27th) is Hatching Day

On July 31st, return all baby chicks, clean incubator, and heat lamp.

A Step by Step Manual will be provided to explain the daily responsibilities for participating in this project.

COST: $10 Per Session

15 per session due to limited incubators available.

Caring for the chicks both prior to and after they are hatched allows for the development of life skills. Children particularly will develop a sense of responsibility and nurturing that will serve as a foundation for their future as contributing and caring citizens.

4-H Embryology In-Home Summer Program FLYER

If you are interested in having your child participate in this summer program, follow the steps below:

  1. Step One:  Register and Pay $10.00 through Eventbrite –  This is first come first served so please revisit our site often to register. Please do not register for one than one session. Make sure you register for the date that you can conduct the project entirely. Check dates of sessions. 
  2. Step Two: Enroll in 4-H Online In order to participate in this 4-H Virtual Summer Program opportunity, you must register in 4-H ONLINE. You will choose 2020 4-H Summer.

  3. Step Three: Confirmation Pick Up You will be notified of a pick up confirmation time. When you come to pick up your equipment and eggs, please do not enter the building. All materials will be labeled with your Last name and ready for pick up at the front entrance of the Nash County Agriculture Center. Please be mindful of social distancing and we ask that only the adult exits the vehicle for pick up.

Pickup and Drop Off Location

Nash County 4-H Office
Located at the Nash County Agriculture Center in Nashville
1006 Eastern Avenue, Room 106

Thank you to Sanderson Farms for the donation of eggs.

Sanderson Farms4-H Grows Here

If you are not familiar with the 4-H Youth Development program take a few minutes to explore what this program has to offer your children.

Nash County 4-H Youth Development Program

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