How to Use Hatching Fertile Chicken Eggs For a Science Fair Project
If you need to create a science fair project you may want to think about hatching fertile chicken eggs in an incubator and documenting the results of your project day by day as well as the growth of the eggs and the chicken once it hatches. However, it will take some time to get a chicken egg to hatch, 21 days in all actually and it is a delicate project given that forgetting to take care of the egg at the proper time may result in not hatching.
Given the fact that it takes time for a chicken egg to hatch you need to carefully follow the instructions found below because this is not the type of project that you can recreate if you fail to hatch your egg. However, while it may be intimidating to take on hatching fertile chicken eggs for a science fair project, you should know that it is not impossible if you are willing to be responsible and are able to pay close attention to your eggs on a regular basis.
One of the reasons that chickens make such a great subject for a science fair project is due to the fact that chickens are the largest population of any type of bird in the world and are used as a source of food. Bearing these few facts in mind to get started working on your project you need to learn how to hatch a chicken egg, which will start with purchasing an air incubator and an automatic egg tuner. Once you have these tools you will find out that it is easy to complete your project with excellent results.
The first day that you start you will need to put a chicken egg incubator in your home on a level surface so that the egg stays stationary. Once you find the proper location for your incubator you need to fill the trough with water inside and put the automatic egg turner inside so that the egg gets properly warmed. If you do not have an egg turner you can turn the egg by hand but it will require more attention on your part since you will need to make sure that the egg gets rotated every few hours which is something other family members may be able to help with.
Once the incubator is ready inside set the temperature for the incubator up to 97F and place the chicken egg or eggs on the far end of the turner. In general it is better to use more than one egg for your science fair experiment because sometimes an egg will not be properly fertilized or hatch through no fault of yours. Thus, having a few backups comes in handy when it is time to start your science fair project.
After this your task over the next few days will be to keep the temperature moderated and the water filled which will help keep the eggs from drying out. Throughout the entire egg hatching process you should make sure to leave the egg incubator closed except for when the water trough needs to be refilled because this will keep the temperature stabilized best.
On the fourth day you should take out the plugs from the incubator to allow for ventilation within the incubator and once again check the water level. You should get used to looking at the water level because this will be your only task for the next 17 days as well as keeping a close eye on the temperature which is very important for the eggs to stay fertile and undamaged.
On day 18 the eggs will be close to the time when they will hatch so you will need to take the eggs out of the turner and remove the turner from the incubator placing the eggs instead directly on the wire tray. At this point turn the temperature up to 98 degrees which is where it should stay up until day 21. The eggs will hatch between this time period although it can take two days after the 21st day before they hatch because every egg hatches at a different pace.
Keep in mind that after your eggs hatch you will need to have water, a heat lamp, and chick feed standing by for your chicks.