Anne-Marie Ferry got her 6th class students at Kilmacrennan N.S. to repeat the project which was also carried out last year by a different set of students.
However, this year’s project proved the most successful yet with a phenomenal FOURTEEN chicks hatching from the incubator.
The project is part of the ‘hands on’ approach to the Science curriculum being adopted by Kilmacrennan N.S.
Anne Marie Ferry told Donegal Daily, “It has become a project in which the children are so excited to participate in each year.
“The eggs were placed in the incubator for 21 days and the children had to check the temperature to ensure it remained at 37.5 degrees Celsius.
“They also had to keep an eye on the humidity level of the incubator and they also taught the pupils in other classes all about their project through Powerpoint presentations!
“There was great excitement in the class when the very first egg hatched on March the 16th!
“The children aptly named the chick ‘Paddy’.
A very exciting 24 hours followed when 13 other eggs hatched!
The 14 chicks are now being kept warm at the back of the class by an infra-red lamp.
The children are giving them plenty of water and chick feed.
The children are delighted with the success of the project and are fascinated with their little friends chirping at the back of the classroom! 🙂
Two children form the class Lorcan Doherty and Sinead Mc Gettigan, have been given the responsibility of taking the chicks home and raising them.
Both are deemed well prepared for this task and have all the necessary equipment to ensure the chicks have a good home!
Anne Marie is delighted at the success of the project over the last few years and said that one of the pupils from a previous year has shown how this interest can be extended.
Anne Marie added, “Mark O’ Hara did the project two years ago and took home two chicks.
“Mark has continued this interest by raising more chicks himself and he also has bought an incubator himself and completed this project at home.
“He has over 40 hens now and supplies people in the area with delicious eggs! It’s great to see how the project can extend beyond school!
The school would like to thank Michael Gallagher and Neil Brogan, Dunfanaghy for their help with supplying the school with eggs and also a big thank you to Bernard Neely for allowing us to use his automatic incubator in our successful project!