Fifth-graders at Gretna’s Thomas Elementary have been busy in the chicken coop.
Over the past month they’ve been nurturing the birds and learning what it takes for an egg to hatch and for the chicks to survive.
It’s a hands-on learning experience.
Fifth-grader Liliana Kinnan said, "Most people think that a chick is fluffy when it comes out but really it's just wet and it has blood all over it. It's kind of gross."
Her classmate, Blake Rose said, "Some of them will come out right away. They'll just have a peck mark and slide themselves through. Others will take two days and you just want them to hatch so bad."
Some of the students plan to take a chick or two home. Other birds will head back to the farm of the man who donated eggs and the incubator.