Chicks: Hatching Hands on Learning

Check out these egg-cellent learning activities all about poultry!

McLean County (IL) teachers can McLean County (IL) teachers can request ag mags and poultry activity kits for their classroom: Click here or find out how to participate in the Chick it Out program to hatch chicks in your classroom!

Illinois Eggs in the Classroom: Daily videos for 21-day incubation

Poultry Ag in a Bag

Reading Materials & Ag-tivities:

Animation of Chick Development

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Chick It Out Registration Deadline

Chick It Out! University of IL Extension offers a great hands-on learning opportunity for McLean County, IL students with the Chick It Out Spring 2021 Hatch!

Teachers can register to receive 1 dozen fertilized chicken eggs from the U of IL campus,  research-based embryology curriculum & all the supplies needed for a successful learning experience.

Incubators, egg turners, candlers and more can be checked out from the Extension office.

  • Registration: Tuesday, January 5 – Friday, March 19
  • Embryology Teacher Workshop: Tuesday, March 30th, 4 – 5:30 p.m. (For workshop registration, click here)
  • Early Equipment pick-up (optional): Tuesday, March 30th, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Egg pick-up: Tuesday, April 6, from 12:30 – 5 p.m.
  • Chick drop-off: Friday, April 30th, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (The office is closed 11:30 – 12:30)

**Equipment/egg pick-up and equipment/chick drop-off is at the McLean County Extension Office located at 1615 Commerce Parkway Bloomington, IL 61705)**

Click here to register for the Spring 2021 “Chick It Out” program. Registration deadline is Friday, March 19, 2021.

Embryology Teacher Workshop

Chick it Out is BACK for Spring 2021! Hatch chicks in your classroom with free embryology curriculum & resources provided by University of IL Extension STEAM in the Classroom.

Learn more about Chick It Out & register here. Registration deadline is March 19.

Teachers can earn 2 hours of professional development credit at the Embryology Teacher Workshop March 30th from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the U of I Extension – McLean County office at 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington. Click here for Workshop Registration

If you have any questions about this program, contact the McLean County Extension Office at 309-663-8306.

Chick It Out Registration Deadline

McLean County Extension STEAM in the Classroom is offering a Fall 2020 “Chick It Out” Embryology Program for McLean County Schools!

Registration is free and includes:

  • Embryology curriculum
  • 1 dozen fertilized chicken eggs from the University of Illinois campus
  • Chick feed for the first few days after hatch

Incubators, egg turners, candlers & more are available for check-out.

Registration deadline: Sept. 25

Egg pick-up: Monday, October 5th, from 1 – 5 p.m.
Chick drop-off: Thursday, October 29th, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Extension office is closed 11:30 – 12:30)

Get more info & register here.

Check out more poultry activities on our Poultry Page: 

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