Monday, May 18, 2015

Chick Central

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kids to the life cycle of a chicken
    • Bring in non-library users
    • Partner with schools and community
  • Evaluation
    • April 2015
      • I bought a new incubator, after last year's disaster. 3 of our 7 eggs hatched, and our Egg-spert brought in some extra chicks and ducklings for the last week.
This program doesn't have a way to count attendance, but it does bring us a lot of great publicity. Generally, I provide the incubator, my school partners provide the eggs, and local people from the community provide expert assistance and the materials for caring for the chicks for a week or two after they hatch.

We first did this in 2012, I believe. We didn't get the eggs from a good source and the few that hatched were...deformed. The borrowed incubators also did not work well (the duck eggs didn't hatch at all). In 2013 we bought our own incubator, but didn't find out until too late that the thermometer was unreliable. 2014 was going to be The Year and things were going well...until we accidentally flipped the incubator and Tragedy Ensued. This year I have a new incubator and we have high hopes!
The whole crew from 2015

These are from the first hatching

School partner, Pattie Woods

Community partner, Virgil Wuttke (the eggspert)

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