8:30 am. I am awakened by a tremendous squawk….the hens must be up.
9:00 am. The girls come into the room. Um mom, did you know that Sam can fertilize eggs as early as 5 months and as late as 12 months? WHAT! Why are we talking about chicken reproduction at 9 in the morning!!!
9:15 am. I am called downstairs because Betty is “in labor”. AKA she’s laying an egg. The girls are CONVINCED … 100% … this egg will hold a baby chicken.
9:20 am. It’s official. Betty has a contraction. Three girls race in to tell me that Betty is having contractions. At this point I’m torn between laughing and telling them that it’s time for math. The contracting chicken won.
9:25 am. Four girls are pulling out notebooks and pens to record their observations. At this point I figure it’s time for me to get my camera.
9:50 am. Shark girl checks on the patient. Betty snaps at Yuki who is trying to comfort her. (This is what Gabby informs me…actually Yuki is trying to find an empty box of her own). I am asked if this means Betty is in transition. At this point, I’m barely maintaining composure. My 11 year old has decided to be a midwife…so yes, we discuss transition.
10:00 am. I am informed that there is “goo” coming out of the chicken. At this point I tell the girls to leave the poor girl alone. They write down, “Egg is stuck. I hope she’s ok.” Oh voy.
10:10 am. I decide enough biology for the morning. We have fractions to reduce and papers to write.
10:30 am. The girls ask to check the coop. They return with 2 eggs!
Just another fun day of hands-on learning.
The girls and their midwives. Don’t you just love the boots & robes?
Checking on the patient. Gabby is recording Shark Girl’s findings.
Betty says, “Please, just leave me alone!” Poor girl, I know what you feel like!
Recording observations of the birth.
Yuki. Poor girl was so upset by Betty’s treatment of her she laid an egg herself!
The alleged Daddy, Sam the Chicken. The rooster who doesn’t crow.
The older sister, who could care less about the Hullabaloo, Miss Clara.
The spinster old Auntie, Bella, who let us know we were NOT welcome in the hen house.
The patient relaxing after laying her egg.
Yuki finally has her own box to lay an egg!