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hatchingsoon.jpgArriving in mid-April!

Visit the 2nd-floor Kids & Teens area to experience our annual spring incubation project in partnership with the Darien Dragons 4H Club. The club is working with the University of Illinois Extension team to provide the eggs for hatching. This year we have a variety of eggs from White Leghorn, Olive Egger, Black and Red Sex-Link, Cornish Rock, and Buff Orpington chickens. They are expected to hatch around May 7.

The incubation project can be viewed in person at any time during IPPL open hours once the eggs arrive.

For questions, email Head of Programming & Outreach  Amy M. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the Chickens and Eggs

Learn more about White Leghorn, Olive Egger, Black Sex-Link, Cornish Rock, and Buff Orpington chickens.

Beginning in May, stop by the Kids & Teens activity table during library open hours to enjoy a chicken-themed craft. 

Registered Programs 

Egg-cellent Stories 
Tuesday, April 30, 10:15-10:45 a.m. 
For families with children 7 & under with an adult caregiver. Come hear stories, rhymes, and songs all about eggs and chicks. Before or after storytime, view the incubating eggs in the Kids & Teens area. IPPL cardholder exclusive.

Eggs to Chicks Workshop 
Thursday, May 2, 4-5 p.m. 
For grades K-6. Discover the science and tools that turn an egg into a chicken in this hands-on workshop presented by members of the Darien Dragons 4H Club. 

Incubation Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does it take a chicken egg to hatch?
A: It takes around 19 days for a chicken egg to hatch.

Q: What do you call a baby chicken?
A: A baby chicken is called a chick. It can also be called a pullet (young hen) or a cockerel (young rooster).

Q: What do you call a group of chickens?
A: A group of chickens is called a flock. A group of baby chicks is called a clutch or a peep. A group of hens is called a brood.

Q: What happens to the chickens next?
A: The chicks stay in the incubator for about 24 hours. They dry off and get stronger. Then, we will move them into the brooder, which is a safe, warm box where they have food and water there. The chickens will stay in the brooder for about 10 days. Then, we will be taking them to live on a farm where they will continue growing until they are laying eggs of their own.

Q: Why aren't they eating yet?
A: Baby chicks don't need anything to eat or drink for about 48 hours after they've hatched. They absorb the yolk inside the egg just before they hatch so that they will have the energy they need to get out of the egg before they need food again.

Q: Where will they live forever?
A: Chicks will go to a farm in Warrenville. The lady raises them and collects the eggs.

Q: What happens to the eggs that don't hatch?
A: The 4H participants will open them to learn more about why they didn't hatch and they will dispose of them.

Q: Why don't they hatch?
A: There are so many reasons an egg may not hatch. The most common reasons are temperature, humidity, sickness, or if they were never fertilized.

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