Spring Incubation Project

Two dozen White Leghorn eggs are making their home in the library! The chickens should hatch in 21 days, around May 1. Enjoy this unique opportunity to learn more about incubation, eggs, and chickens. This project is sponsored by the Darien Dragons 4-H Club.chicky


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does it take a chicken egg to hatch?
A: It takes around 21 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 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 we 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 the was never fertilized.