Counting Chickens: An Update on the Culpeper 4H Embryology Program

  By:  Carl C. Stafford Senior Extension Agent Readers remember my article from earlier this month describing an annual rite of spring with the setting of chicken eggs at Culpeper schools. The Culpeper 4H embryology program set 300 chicken eggs on April 10, across 14 classrooms in five Culpeper County Elementary schools. Today marks the end of the second week of incubation and time to check on the chicken embryo’s progress. Candling is the term...

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Embryology Kick Off Day

By: Carl C. Stafford Senior Extension Agent Hatching chicken eggs is a fond childhood memory as fertile eggs were placed under a broody hen each spring when I was growing up. The incubation period of 21 days was only the beginning of a fascinating show of chicken behavior, culminating with the eggs hatching. The new chicks, called biddies, instinctively know to follow their mother hen for food, warmth and safety. Baby chicks can walk the...

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Funding for GWCARC Public Hearing

By:  Carl C. Stafford Senior Extension Agent, Secretary GWCARC 3/28/18 The photo shows a public hearing held this week to discuss plans for the George Washington Agriculture Research Center and its commercial kitchen project.  By the time you read this article, a special grant application has gone in asking for $675,000 to begin work on this important resource. If approved, the Department of Housing and Community Development funds will initiate...

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