Hatching Chickens

On the 23rd of May 2017, Kiltiernan had some new arrivals in the school supplied by John Dempsey.

They were in an incubator for two weeks at about 35 degrees Celsius and John had to keep some water at the bottom and make sure it didn’t dry out. John came in one day to do ‘candling’ to see if there were chicks inside. Some were ‘glogars’ meaning they weren’t developing properly there were twelve eggs but in the end only seven hatched.

The chickens hatched on the bank holiday Monday at school when unfortunately we were not there!

He then brought the hatched chick’s home to the hen because if he were to leave them longer the hen would not accept the chicks. After a few days he brought them back with the hen.

By Diarmuid 5th class