Cathedral Chicks | VideoKristin Clouston | 3/20/2013
Students at Cathedral weren`t quite sure what to think when the eggs they`ve been watching for three weeks finally started to hatch. Since it would be disruptive to have grown chickens running around the library, their teacher Mr. Nagel took over the duties of a mother hen.
"Every once in a while she would get up and get a drink and stuff like that and then she came back so Mr. Nagel`s taking the cover off every once in a while and when it was kind of close to the chicks to start hatching he poured hot water at the bottom to kind of make the eggs more moist for the chicks to get out," said second grader Katherine Mcleod.
"It makes things more tangible, a little more hands on. They can actually see the growth of the chick inside the egg and can touch the baby chicken," Nagel said.
"We get to see a lot of different kinds of chickens," said third grader Dominic Barone.
They also get to vote on the chick`s names.
"Like a bunch of the kids in my class want to name it Pope Peep the First," Mcleod said.
The students celebrated the chicks hatching by holding a shower, but the gifts will go to human babies
"We`re gonna give these gifts to first choice clinic for moms that really don`t have the money to buy things for their babies," Mcleod said.
The chicks will stay at the school for a couple weeks, and then move out to Mr. Nagel`s family farm.
The students have also studied the life cycle of frogs and will be getting a praying mantis to study next week.