Recently, Mrs. Tagtmeier, Ms.O’brien, and Mrs.Flesor have been taking care of chicks and ducks given by a family farm. When they first started, both Ms. O’brien and Mrs. Tagtmeier had 12 eggs of their own. They took turns with Mrs. Flesor to manage them. All three teachers used a special incubator to help warm the eggs throughout their incubation period. Throughout the incubation period, the eggs had to be flipped three times a day in order for each side of the egg to be warmed equally. After three weeks of anxiously waiting for the baby chicks, on Monday, May 8, 2017, the students walked in to see some already hatched and some still hatching. In Mrs. O‘Brien’s classroom, there were 8 chicks while Ms. Tagtmeier class had 9 chicks.
A week after the chicks hatched, the ducks soon followed. Two ducks hatched, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Unfortunetly, one of the duck experienced difficulty while hatching. The duck began to hatch from the wrong end. Thanks to Ms. Flesor and Ms. Tagtmeier the duck survived, although it was born very weak, leaving the teachers unsure that it would survive. Thankfully, the duckling gradually got better and by the end of the week it was in perfect health. A strange event that happened with the little duck was that the weak duck was the one picking on a stronger duck. In the end, they became friends and the weakling quacked as loud as it could while the students held the other duck. With some difficulty, the two ducks learned how to swim and on Friday, May 19, 2017, they were taken back to the farm.