newly hatched chicks, fuzzy chicks and eggs


What is more fascinating than seeing a fully developed baby chick emerge from an egg? Just three weeks of incubation transforms a seemingly lifeless chicken egg into an active, living being.

This hands-on project for teachers in DuPage, Kane, and Kendall counties is designed to give your students the opportunity to hatch chicks in their own classroom. During the 21-day incubation period, students learn to prepare eggs, set up an incubator, record progress, turn eggs, and test eggs for fertility. The project aligns with state learning standards.

Program information for 2021-2022

This program is hosted in the spring for DuPage, Kane, and Kendall counties. If you are interested in participating in spring 2022, please fill out this interest form. More information will be available here, and sent to the interest list, in December or January. Thank you!

Want to learn how the program worked last session? Click here to see all the 2020-2021 details for background information. Please note: some changes may occur between program years.

For more information on this program in other counties, find your local office online or call:

  • Lake: 847-223-8627
  • McHenry: 815-338-3737
  • Cook, Chicago: 773-768-7779
  • Cook, North (Arlington Heights): 847-201-4176
  • Cook, South (Matteson): 708-679-6889
  • Will: 815-727-9296
  • Grundy: 815-942-2725

Program contacts in DuPage, Kane, and Kendall counties: