Science Fair

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With the end of school, softball, baseball, and swim camp, I have put off posting the outcome of my daughter, Jordan’s, science fair. We knew she had an end of the year science fair and that we were getting chicks so decided to find the perfect project to combine the two. We looked online and found projects but they did not seem to be a good fit for her.  One was where you feed one group regular chick feed and the other just corn.   That just didn’t seem like a healthy option. We didn’t want to deprive them of essential nutrients. The other option we found was testing their overhead predator instincts.  We would be essentially “scaring” them with fake predators to see their survival instincts. This one just sounded plain mean. We were raising chickens from chicks so they would be friendly. Not terrified of us. One thing we did know was that chicks grow FAST and we were getting 6 different breeds of chicks. Light bulb moment! Her hypothesis became: Do different breeds of chickens grow at the different rates?  Or as her title stated:  “Cock a Doodle Doo!  Which Chick Grew” IMG_3223

She’s so cute!  The hardest part was over.  Jordan started a month from her project deadline weighing all of the chicks on a small scale every 3 days or so. I was very impressed with her patience with weighing the chicks. Not all of them were very excited to stand still on a strange metal platform. The chicks were split down the middle on their willingness to stay still on the scale. Some froze as soon as their feet touched the scale and others we had to corral with our hands and give our best weight guess based on the bouncing numbers.

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So what was the results?! Jordan won first prize! (She is sooo not cooperating with me here)

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Oh, what was the result of her study? She concluded that different breeds do grow at different rates.  But, not exactly in the way she expected. The heavier breeds did gain the most weight but we were surprised that one of the smallest breeds, the Golden Buff, had the highest percentage of growth. So, even though she didn’t weigh the most like the heavier Australorp or Orpington, she actually grew the fastest based on her starting weight.

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Here are some other pictures from her poster board display:

Data from her project

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Pictures of how each chick grew during the month time period (Sammy and Captain are featured below)

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She did such a great job and I was so proud of how well she carried out her research.  Next year Brady will be in 4th grade and participate in the science fair. What project can we do with one year old chickens?

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