The Life Cycle of a Chicken is a set of 4 figurines that illustrate where the various stages of the chicken’s development. This tactile and visual representation makes the life of the chicken very real to the young learner.
- Egg – The chick’s body forms and is nourished by the yellow yolk, a major source of vitamins and minerals. The eggshell is made almost entirely of calcium. The mother hen gently sits on top of the eggs in a soft nest and keeps them warm so they will hatch.
- Hatchling – Approximately 21 days later, the baby chick is ready to begin life outside the shell and hatches by pecking and pushing its way out of the egg.
- Chick – Not all chicks are yellow. Some are grey, brown and even black. The eat seeds and small insects. Baby chicks can breathe before they hatch. An eggshell may seem solid, but it actually contains about 8,000 pores large enough for the exchange of oxygen.
- Chicken – It takes about 24 hours for a hen to lay an egg. Chickens are fully grown around 6 months. They live between 5 and 7 years on average, but have been known to live to 20 years old. They cannot fly. The male is called a rooster and the females are the
Between 3cm and 6cm, the 4 pieces of the life cycle of a chicken is made from non-toxic plastic that is BPA free.