Egg to Chick

Brenham ISD Outdoor Education

Chicks are a'hatching!

What to do now?

(from Hatching Eggs in the Classroom: A Teacher’s Guide)

  • Increase the ventilation to give the chicks enough oxygen. Some incubators have plugs that can be removed for this purpose.
  • When all the chicks have hatched, lower the temperature to 95°F.
  • Discard eggs that do not hatch by the end of Day 22.
  • Do not help a chick free itself from the shell; that does more harm than good. Weak or deformed chicks should be disposed of humanely.
  • There is no need to provide food or water for the first 2 or 3 days the chick is outside the shell.

When to move them to the brooder

Suggestions vary from a few hours to 24 hours after hatching.

There are two links below that have different information. The decision is easy if - like me - you don't have a brooder set up just yet!


Texas A&M Poultry Science Guide

Setting Up a brooder

Need supplies?

Ask your fellow teachers to see what they suggest - and get creative! Still at a loss?

Email Natalie James to get what you need for your chicks.

Questions? Email, Text, Tweet, or Call!