The goal of Murray and Arthur’s oviparous unit is to introduce their students to animals that lay eggs, to let them see and discover how the chicks grow and develop, and to teach them how to take care of them after they hatch. With the grant money, some of the items the teachers will purchase will be fertilized chicken eggs from an educational supply company, an EcoGlow 20 Chick Brooder, a 30 gallon aquarium with a screened top, an Ova Scope, and books. The ova scope will enable the students to observe the chicks as they grow and develop inside the eggs. Chicken eggs have a 21-day incubation period.
When the unit is completed and the chicks are old enough to move on, they will be given to friends who raise chickens to supply eggs for their family’s restaurant.