Homeschool Farm Unit Study-Science Curriculum

Homeschool Farm Unit Study
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Homeschool Farm Unit Study-Science Curriculum

Homeschool Farm Unit Study, One of the most memorable science activities we've ever done was to hatch an egg. You can buy an incubator for around $20; if you Google it online, you might be able to buy a used one for even less. Then find a farm friend who can give you three fertilized eggs. Springtime is the best time for this or the summer. Keep the eggs warm on the way home, and put them into your incubator. A little thermometer comes with it, and the instructions will tell you what temperature it is supposed to be. I made sure not to put it in a drafty place, or in the path of an air vent. It was no work at all to keep it at the same temperature. All I had to do was turn the eggs when I got up in the morning and when I went to bed.

I told my kids that we would be lucky if one hatched because it is scarce for all three to hatch. It's possible that none of them would hatch. If so, get another batch of 3 eggs and start over. For us, one egg hatched the very first time we tried it.

Homeschool Farm Unit Study Hatching

After three weeks, we started to hear chirps. The egg was whole, and it was chirping! A small crack appeared the next day, just big enough for two beady eyes to blink at me! The hatching happened after the kids had gone to bed. So the following day, the kids squealed with delight when they saw the blinking eyes. You would have assumed it was a holiday the way they bounced up and down on the bed, pulling on me to come and see.

Homeschool Farm Unit Study A Nest

We grabbed a cardboard box and threw in some shredded newspapers. We found a clamp light downstairs, and we clipped it to the side of the cardboard box, which we placed in the pantry in case it got stinky like chickens. We put a lid full of water in there. It took 21 days for the baby to crack itself out of the egg, but once it was out, we place it in its new place.

Homeschool Farm Unit Study-Chicken Chow

I sent my husband to the pet store to get some food for the chick. Because we had no money, he went to the animal feed store, and the owner told us we could have some chicken feed that had fallen on the ground. My husband shoveled it up and came home.

Homeschool Farm Unit Study-Baby Chicks

The children were so excited about the soft chick; they had to be repeatedly told to be gentle. The baby chicken ran around the playroom playing tag with them as they giggled and ran in circles. Frankly, I'm shocked that the chick survived. Miraculously, no one stepped on him. The children wanted to hold him, and we named him Fluffy. He watched TV with us, wrapped in an old towel just in case he decided to poop.

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We took it outside, and my husband taught it how to hunt for insects. Our cat was highly interested in this tasty bird and licked her chops. We repeatedly had to push the cat and dog out of the way. After a couple of months, we decided to return Fluffy to the farm where we got the eggs.