April 23, 2021 - 10:24am -- staubach.9@osu.edu

They are fluffy, they are cute, and they are part of the food system. Hamilton County ChickQuest is well underway with the first clutch of chicks finding their new home on Friday, April 23, 2021.

This spring more than 600 eggs were incubated, hatched, and cared for by students across Hamilton County. From the youth in the urban core to those in the far reaches of the county, every teacher shared the same story of wonder and excitement, frustration, and relief.

If you have never hatched an egg, it is not a terribly difficult process if you have the right equipment.

One dozen fertilized eggs (not the eggs from the grocery store) are placed in a 100° incubator for 21 days. Around the 21st day the small chicks make their first pip and find their way out of the shell.

After a few days in the school with their temporary parents, chicks are donated to 4-H families in the region.

ChickQuest is an outreach program provided by OSU Extension, Hamilton County and sponsored by Ohio Farm Credit Services. Through the generous support of the Hamilton County Commissioners, OSU Extension, Hamilton County 4-H Youth Development can serve youth across the county through community clubs, special interest clubs, school-based programming, and camps.

To get involved with Hamilton County 4-H visit: hamilton.osu.edu or call 513-946-8989.