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Eggs are Hatching in Sumter County Middle School Agriculture Classroom!
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Thursday, October 24, 2019
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We learn many things in the Sumter County Middle School’s Agriculture Classroom. This semester we talked about the sanctity of life, as with the fertilized chicken egg, we saw that the heart beats at day four, the eye develops at day six, soon other organs are developed, and within only 21 days, a new life begins. We were taught that you must let mother nature take care of the process, as you cannot rush the hatching process; also, for some reason, not all the eggs hatch. A constant temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit must be maintained, and a steady humidity rate of 60 percent. From the date of hatching, the chicken will likely be ready for processing for the human food chain in only six weeks. Most chickens are produced through vertical integration, as the poultry company owns the birds, and the local poultry producer provides housing and labor. All feed is furnished by Mr. Brinson Brock. We are proud that there are several poultry producers in Sumter County, serving Georgia’s number one commodity, the poultry industry. Many jobs are created through this industry that create opportunities for our next generation of leaders. SCMS’s AG program is appreciative of the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) support that allows us our own incubator, and the school’s administration that supports our experiential learning. Pictured is Zulmy Perez holding our first chick that hatched in October.

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