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Twist of Fate

Where you are born can make a difference in your life. It turns out the same is true for chickens. Every year I have followed a 2nd grade class as they go through a life cycle unit that involves hatching chickens.  Not all the eggs make it to a healthy hatched chickens.  That’s true of chickens everywhere but sometimes if you are a chicken born in a 2nd grade classroom and you need a little help to start your life, you get a lucky break.  Meet this year’s lucky break:

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160

Not cute, like the other chicken photos I have shown you.  The reason for this is pretty simple, this chicken needed some help getting out of its shell, so it is still sticky and gunky.  Shortly after I took this photo though, he was cleaned up a bit, so the next day he looked like this:

ISO 1000 50mm 0ev f/5 1/200

ISO 1000 50mm 0ev f/5 1/200

He is still not the cutest, although his feathers have begun to grow in.  Because he is small, he has to be separated from the other chickens who peck at him.  Here he is three days later, moving day:

ISO 1000 50mm 0ev f/5 1/50

ISO 1000 50mm 0ev f/5 1/50

He is still small, but able now to hold his own with the other chickens.  He moved to his permanent farm home shortly after I took this last photo. So, he has lived his first week.  Under other circumstances, he would not have made it, but a twist of fate and he has enjoyed the luck of hatching in a 2nd grade classroom.

Not a pretty chicken is he? He was particularly hard to photograph because he was always in motion.  The lighting wasn’t helping me either.  While these aren’t my most technically good photos of the year, this was the most interesting storyline to develop in this year’s life cycle unit.



36 thoughts on “Twist of Fate

  1. In Afrikaans we have a saying “mooi van die lelik”, which we use when something is this cute despite not being richly endowed with “beauty” (directly translated it means “it’s pretty because it’s so ugly”). I think it applies in this case – he might not be the prettiest chicken in the coup, but he sure must be one of the cutest 😉


  2. I used to raise poultry, and sometimes I would get impatient with the incubator. If I saw that a chick was taking forever to emerge out of its shell, I would sometimes help by gently peeling the shell off. The trick is knowing when to peel and when to leave it to Nature.


  3. how inspiring – and he is cute to me – 🙂 awe!!!! well I know what you mean compared to the others – but how fun – to get on with life with TLC – thanks for the smile *** ❤ ***


  4. I didn’t think the chick was ugly at all when it first came out of the egg. I think it just looked a bleary eyes and a little lost, trying to make sense of the world around it, seeing it for the first time. It’s good to hear that the chick is in motion – definitely has a lot of energy for a small bird and I’m sure the class will find that fascinating. Twist of fate. Love your creative take on the theme this week, Amy 🙂


    • He did provide an interesting lesson for the kids, starting with the idea of when do we intervene and help and when do we let nature take its course. Also, how tough it can be for chickens who are smaller, I think that is probably something that the kids can relate too.


      • It’s very nice to see you and the class approaching the hands on life cycle study with so much positivity. I do hope that the small bird is still doing well, and that the class is feeding it well so that it’s growing everyday.


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