JCHS Child Care & Case's Little Faces
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To those of you who followed us in 2012 - WELCOME BACK!

Expected hatching day is May 14th.


Hello everyone,
   As many of you know, I have been very nervous about our egg #2.  I saw little to no movement early this morning.  However, around 6PM before leaving to come home, I checked again.  It does appear that there is some movement in egg #2 - in all 3 actually - not a lot but at least something.  So, if you look closely at Egg#2, you will notice that you may not be able to see the hole.  That is because I patched it up.  It's like a small bandaid.  This will help bacteria from entering the egg while we watch for our duckling to hatch.  I also have all three rotating again.  As of Sunday the eggs may no longer rotate so that they can prepare to hatch.  Let's hope all continues to go well.  So from here out, we are looking for movement (you may actually see the eggs shake or move a bit, and the breaking of the shell (pip).  Keep your fingers crossed and get your permission slips in.

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http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.cyc.elemduck/   (Grades k-5)

http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.stru.duckdev/  (grades 6-8)

Swansea Public Schools
Joseph Case High School & Case's Little Faces Preschool
Swansea, Massachusetts


I started the incubation process at home during April vacation and brought to school on the April 28th.  Duck eggs take about 28 days to hatch.  It currently is Wednesday, May 7th and the eggs have been incubating for 21 days now.  The count is 7 more days to go.

There are 3 eggs incubating.  The incubator keeps them at a temperature of 37 degrees Celsius  which is about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.  This the same as our body temperature.  You may possibly hear a beep or beeping sound occasionally.  This beeping sound indicates that the eggs will be turning. You should be able to see them turn.  Each egg has a blue dot on one side and a number on the other.  This is to help us see and be sure the eggs are turning.  Normally the mother duck would sit on her eggs to keep them safe and warm and she would also move them around several times a day.  The incubator must take the mom's place.  It must keep the eggs warm, maintain the proper humidity level and rotate the eggs.

PLEASE keep in mind, just like a pregnancy things could go wrong.  We could lose a baby at anytime during the incubation process as well as during the hatching time.  Ducklings have also for one reason or another died after birth.  We must be prepared for anything.  So let's keep our fingers crossed that nothing bad happens.

Please join in the excitement and watch the event take place.  Pass the word so others may also enjoy watching the ducklings hatch.

Our expected delivery date smiley is May 14th so stay tuned.

Please feel free to post comments regarding this experience on our Case's Little Faces Blog if you'd like.

Mrs. Alexander

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