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.

2021-22 Program Information

This program is hosted in the spring for DuPage, Kane, and Kendall counties.



  • 4-H provides training (offered online this year), classroom resources, and egg ordering services so that educators can bring embryology to their classes.

  • Educators attend training, provide program equipment and supplies, teach and oversee the program for their students, and provide participant information and program evaluation data.



  • Registration opens in January. Look for more details in early 2022!

  • Beginner training: Feb. 15 OR March 8 – 4:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Advanced training: Feb. 16 OR March 9 – 4:30-6 p.m.

  • Fertile egg pick-up: April 11

  • Hatch: Week of May 2



  • Beginner Training via Zoom – $30 (eggs not included)

  • Advanced Training via Zoom – $20 (eggs not included)

  • Fertile Egg Orders –  $30 includes 2 dozen fertile eggs for the project, plus access to resources

    • Due to supplier changes and demand, each educator will be limited to 2 dozen eggs per person/registration.



  • Fertile egg supply will be limited this year, so please plan to place orders as early as possible.

  • Trainings will be in a virtual format this year.

  • Educators doing the embryology project should complete a beginner or advanced training once every five years in order to achieve continued success.

  • Teachers must provide their own equipment to participate in this project.

  • If your district/organization needs to order for multiple educators on one invoice or for special requests, please contact 4-H Educator Leilah Siegel at 

  • This program is designed for those who teach in DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties. To find another local program, contact your local Extension office.

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: