NC State Extension


Embryology programs should be conducted in collaboration with North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and 4H programs.

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The current charges are $4.00 per dozen with a minimum purchase of $20.00.  Please make checks payable to North Carolina State University and note “chick embryology” in the memo line.

With every egg order, a signed letter of recommendation will be required.

Chick Embryo Development Video – details the 21 day development of the chick embryo in the egg. This is a youtube video.

Heart Beating on 3-day embryo – Show the heart beating early on day 3 of incubation.

Virtual Chicken – This video illustrates the female reproductive tract of a hen and details a developing egg from the ovary to the nest. Funded by a USDA Education Challenge Grant through Auburn University.

Embryo Development – growth of the embryo from fertilization to hatching.

Embryology in the Classroom is a national site developed to support the new National 4HCCS Embryology curriculum released in 2001. Educators will find it extremely helpful as a resource for teaching embryology in the classroom.

Penn State Extension 4-H Poultry  –

Virginia 4-H Virtual Farm will bring the farm to the classroom. Visit a commercial breeding farm and Hatchery and let the youth enjoy this interactive learning tool.

Incubation and Embryology is designed by University of Illinois Extension to provide elementary and high school teachers with knowledge of the chicken’s egg, its importance to man, and its role in reproduction of the species. Suggestions on how to use classroom incubation and embryonic development projects to enhance programs in science, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and art will be offered.

Chickscope by the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign has some good material on embryology in the classroom and building your own incubators.

 Purdue University Avian Sciences -
Egg Structure        Embryo Anatomy        Oviduct Anatomy

“Embryology in the Classroom”   – by Penn State Extension. A resource for teaching embryology in the classroom.

Incubation Troubleshooting –  Common incubation troubleshooting issues.

Operating a Still Air Model Incubator  from the Univ. of Illinois Embryology and Incubation website.
Hatching and Brooding Small Numbers of Chicks – by Melvin L. Hamre, Extension Poultry Specialist with The Univ. of Minnesota
Bob White Quail Embryo Development -  by Alabama Cooperative Extension Service

Good List of RESOURCES –
from the Univ. of Illinois Embryology and Incubation website.

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