It was pretty exciting to get to school and to see that two of the pheasant eggs we have been carefully tending since March finally had tiny peck holes in them.
We watched the eggs carefully all day but despite lots of rocking and squeals of delight from the children, nothing else happened. Finally, in a break near the end of the day, I went to pick up a couple of chicks that had hatched in another classroom who had had better luck. As you can see from the pictures below, this was what the children had been hoping for.
Several years ago, when the pheasants were more cooperative about hatching, I made this video of the process. It captures the students’ excitement and how the babies “get out of there”.
After weeks of faithfully turning the pheasant eggs in our classroom, the long anticipated hatch finally began to happen. On Thursday we saw that two eggs had a tiny peck hole and when the students arrived on Friday, they were greeted by three chicks that had been born the night before. While it was interesting to inspect the not yet hatched eggs and the empty egg shells, the high point of the day was definitely watching and holding the new babies.