By: Rebecca Nowicke
Every once in a while, little chirps can be heard right outside the art room and a crowd of students can be seen around the incubator between classes. On Feb. 9, seven small chicks were born in the Ag. shop of Audubon High School; an eighth chick was born later in the week. The first time the Agriculture students attempted raising chickens, it didn’t work out very well and no baby chickens survived; however, this time it was a success.
The class learned what went wrong and made adjustments. Agriculture sophomore Emily Campbell said, “The humidity wasn’t right in the incubator, and sometimes the eggs aren’t fertilized right. This time, we had the humidity correct, we candled the eggs more often, and we left them in the incubator after they hatched. We had a better environment for them in general.”
In Mrs. Elmquist’s class, raising chickens is a required project for her students and they enjoy the difficult task. For the Agriculture students, it takes trial and error to get it right. Their failed attempt at chicken-raising began in the fall of 2014 and the batch that finally worked out for the Agriculture students hatched just recently. All of the students are excited about the chicks and look forward to watching them grow.