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Embryology Programs


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

Please review the North Carolina Guidelines for Animals in Schools for more information about animals in school settings.

Watch this video on embryology from Tyrone Dillard in the Camden Co. Center.

Training opportunities

There are no Embryology workshops scheduled at this time. Please contact Mary Fosnaught at if you would like to have a workshop scheduled in your district or by Zoom.

Picking up fertile eggs from NC State

Fertile eggs for your embryology school program can be obtained through NC State University.

There is the option to pick up layer eggs from the Poultry Teaching Unit, 3841 Inwood Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603; contact Mary at to order eggs.

At this time, broiler eggs are not available through NC State. If broiler eggs are available, order and pick up eggs at the Poultry Farm Chicken Education Unit, 4108 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC which is supervised by Ryan Patterson  (919.515.2740).

After getting on the schedule with a pickup date confirmed, pay for eggs through CashNet.

Eggs will be picked up at this office at the Chicken Education Unit:    office entrance of the Chicken Education Unit

If you are picking up layer eggs, they can be picked up at the Prestage Department of Poultry Science, 2711 Founders Drive, Raleigh, NC 27608.

Due to parking limitations, please text Mary Fosnaught (919.271.8680) 10 minutes before arrival and park across the street (corner of Hillsborough St. and Garner St.) and eggs will be brought to you. This is the strip mall where we can meet to provide eggs:

parking lot for a small strip mall


Poultry Development

NC 4-H Embryology resources for clubs, teachers, and youth. Leads through the step-by-step process from Incubator to Brooder.

Bobwhite Quail Embryo Development
This PDF from the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service illustrates Bobwhite Quail development.


Egg Hatch Guide
This chart from GQF Manufacturing Company gives quick hatch information for a variety of poultry species.

Common Incubation Problems: Causes and Remedies
This PDF (Poultry Fact Sheet No. 33 from the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources) explains common incubation problems.

For additional information contact

Dr. Mary Fosnaught
4-H & Youth Development Extension Associate
NC State Extension
Prestage Department of Poultry Science
Raleigh, NC 27695-7608

Phone: +1 919.515.5529