Hatch at Home Program

The Hatch at Home program facilitates families to hatch chicken eggs in an incubator at home. Embryology is the study of embryos and their development. Chesterfield 4-H coordinates the popular Embryology 4-H school enrichment program locally, teaching in the classrooms and distributing chicks to area farmers. With the current at-home learning environment, we are offering this program to families at home.

The process will take 30 days from egg to chick. You must supply all equipment, including:

  • Incubator
  • Thermometer/hygrometer
  • Heat lamp

A full resource list will be provided to you to help secure the best equipment. Additionally, a list of resources to find fertilized eggs will be provided for you.

4-H Technician Chris Allen will be available to support you throughout the Hatch at Home Program, including guiding you through hands-on experiments and how to graph and track development of the embryos. Once the chicks have hatched, you can begin your backyard flock or we will help re-home the chick to local farms. For more information, please email Chris Allen.