4-H Embryology In-Home Project

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Embryology: The Study of Life

hatched chick

What is the 4-H Embryology
In-Home 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:

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

July12th-Aug 5th

Pick up incubator and set eggs on July 12th, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Incubate Eggs for 21 days – Day 21 (August 2nd) is Hatching Day
On August 5th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. will be drop off, return all baby chicks, clean incubator, and heat plate.

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

COST: $10 Per Session

25 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.

In Home 4-H Embryology Project Flyer

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

  1. Step One:  Register and Pay $10.00 online through Eventbrite link below. This is first come first served. Please do not register for more 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 2.0 In order to participate in this 4-H opportunity, you must register in 4-H ONLINE 2.0. You will choose Member at Large if you are not a current club member.

  3. Step Three: Confirmation Pick Up You will be notified via email for a reminder before pick up date. When you come to pick up your equipment and eggs, all materials will be labeled with your Last name and ready for pick up at the front lobby of the Nash County Agriculture Center.

4-H Embryology Sign Up  Eventbrite Link

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 Perdue Farms for the donation of eggs.

4-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

See red bar on the left.