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Shawnee County

Shawnee County
K-State Research and Extension
1740 SW Western Avenue
Topeka, KS  66604


Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

785-232-0093 fax

chickhatichingChicken Embryology in the Classroom  

Chicken Embryology

Grade:  1st –3rd     Cost: $7.00

Approximate Dates:  Fall program orders must be placed by 9-15-2020; Delivery of eggs will be 9-29-2020. Winter program orders must be placed by 1-19-2021; Delivery of eggs will be 2-2-2021. Spring program orders must be placed by 3-9-2021; Delivery of eggs will be 3-24-2021. 

Standard: NGSS 3-LS1-1;3-LS3-1

Program Includes: 1 dozen fertilized eggs, incubator, thermometer, flash-drive with detailed instructions and educational material, and chicken food.

Teacher Provides: Daily observation, turning the eggs 3 times a day for 18 days and a Brooder box with a heat lamp.

Extension Staff will deliver the program and can give a 10-15 minute presentation about what the youth can expect over the next 4 weeks upon request.  Youth will learn about chicken growth and development, daily journaling, record keeping, and the responsibility involved in taking care of chickens. Youth will understand the importance of proper egg and chicken handling as well as the importance of hand washing.

Chick Embryology Lesson: Don't Chicken Out Due to Unnecessary Health Concerns 

The Extension Office can pick up the new chickens and find them a home with one of our 4-H families if you do not already have a place for them.  We get asked all the time by students if they can take them home.  Below is a great powerpoint from our public library about chickens in the city. 

Got Eggs? Learn about Raising Chickens in the City-Michelle Stottlemire's presentation at the Shawnee County Public Library. 


Our eggs are purchased from Nelson Poultry Farms in Manhattan Kansas. Nelson's as a company is a participant of the National Poultry Improvement Plan and maintain poultry free of diseases such as Mycoplasma, Avian Influenza and various strains of Salmonella through blood testing and swabbing regularly.