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St. Pius X students in Lombard hatch a flock of chicks

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:48 p.m. CST
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A first-grade student at St. Pius X School in Lombard holds a chick in her classroom. This spring, the school's first-graders housed incubators filled with chicken eggs in their classrooms. The students waited for three weeks until the eggs hatched.

LOMBARD – This spring, first-graders at St. Pius X School learned a little bit about where babies come from when they participated in the Incubation and Embryology Program offered through the University of Illinois Extension.

Each first-grade classroom received 24 chicken eggs and an incubator. While the chicks were developing inside the eggs, children learned about the embryology process and after about three weeks, the eggs began to hatch.

Once the chicks had hatched, they were placed in a brooding unit that provided warmth and protection. The chicks stayed at St. Pius X for another week and were visited by many of the school's students and teachers.

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