Chick Embryology

This project teaches youth how life develops by observing the process of hatching baby chicks for a course of 25 days.

Priority for this project will be restricted to 4-H age youth (ages 5-19 as of Jan. 1st) only during the months of March-May.

*Beginning May 1st, 2017*
Pick up and drop off will be required for the rental of 3 or less kits. Kits are 19" x 27" in size.

Resource materials and supplies include:

  • Digital Incubator with an automatic egg turner
  • 18 fertilized chicken eggs
  • Drinker
  • Feeder
  • Brooder light with clamps
  • 250 watt light bulb
  • Egg candler (one per school)
  • Shavings
  • Medicated chick feed
  • Storage container/brooder 'box'
  • Google Classroom access with egg development updates, instructions for care of eggs and chicks, with student worksheets

There are typically four sessions available for this program: (please be sure these dates do not interfere with your school's breaks)

Requests must be made at least 4 weeks in advance.

Effective November 2016:
Approved requests that are rescheduled or canceled within 10 business days will incur a fee of $10.00. This fee is not refundable and cannot be credited to any future dates.

  • September 13 - October 8, 2021
  • January 10 - February 4, 2022
  • February 28 - March 25, 2022--- ALL KITS RESERVED
  • April 25 - May 20, 2022

Fee for 4-H Chick Embryology:

  1. Option 1: $25 per class: Includes resource materials and supplies with delivery, classroom presentation(s), and pick up of incubators and chicks at the completion of the project.
    * Teacher pick up and drop off only with the rental of 3 or less kits.*
  2. Option 2: $15 per class: Includes incubator rental with notebook with instructions for care of eggs and chicks with student worksheets (1 incubator = $15).
    * Teacher pick up and drop off only.*
  3. Option 3: $12 per class: If you own your own incubator - 18 fertilized eggs can be purchased for classroom use.
    * Teacher pick up and drop off only.*

*Please note that the impact of climate change on the annual cycles of birds affects the availability and fertility of eggs.*

If option one is selected, a representative from the 4-H office will make two visits to your classroom. The first visit will introduce the project, set the eggs, and begin the hatching process. The second visit will be to pick up the baby chicks along with clean incubators and supplies. 

Please review the Chick Return Policy before initiating a request. The chicks that hatch as a result of this program are considered borrowed property of Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, as are all the loaned materials. The loaned materials as well as chicks that hatch from this program must be returned at the completion of the program. If any equipment is returned damaged or unusable and requires replacement or repair, the school checking out equipment will be expected to replace or repair equipment based on costs provided by York County 4-H. By completing a request for this school enrichment opportunity you acknowledge and have read and understood the contents of this policy and agree that your school will adhere to the policy.


School Address
Participating Teachers

1st Teacher

2nd Teacher

3rd Teacher

4th Teacher


  • Option 1: $25 per classroom with two visits, resource materials and supplies
  • Option 2: $15 per classroom per an incubator rental
  • Option 3: $12 per classroom for eighteen fertilized eggs

Before beginning this project teachers participating in South Carolina School Enrichment Programs must complete a student report form at the beginning of the project for accountability purposes as required by the Cooperative Extension Service and/or USDA reporting purposes. Click here for form.


Teachers will receive an invoice from the 4-H staff via e-mail after the project date has been set. Payment is required before any classroom visits or rental items are released. It is the responsibility of the requesting party to ensure that their school holidays do not interfere with this project. You can contact the 4-H School Enrichment Staff by calling 803-683-9102 with questions however, all registrations must be received on-line.