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:
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:
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:
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.