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About Embryology programs


Embryology programs should be conducted in collaboration with 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 recent 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 were 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).

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 prior to 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

Introduction to Embryology

Virtual Chicken
These videos illustrate the reproductive tract of a hen (9:55) and detail chick development (2:08).

The Chicken Reproductive System video was funded by a USDA Education Challenge Grant through Auburn University.

The Chicken Embryo Development video is distributed by Poultry Hub Australia.

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


Incubation and Embryology
This University of Illinois Extension site provides elementary and high school teachers with knowledge of the chicken’s egg, its importance to humans and its role in reproduction of the species.

The site includes suggestions on how to use classroom incubation and embryonic development projects to enhance programs in science, language arts, mathematics, social studies and art.

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

Incubation Troubleshooting
This University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign site troubleshoots common incubation issues.

Operating a Still Air Model Incubator
This University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign site provides help operating a still air incubator.

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.

Classroom Materials

This University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign site lists activity worksheets for classroom use.

This University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign site has material on embryology in the classroom and building your own incubators.

Embryology in the Classroom
This national site supports the National 4HCCS Embryology curriculum released in 2001.

4-H Embryology Classes

Embryology Hatching Guide Class

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