In March, the JK-12 4-H program presented Lower School Science Teacher BarbaraMeyers with several dozen eggs to hatch in her classroom. All the eggs were laid at FWCD by chickens raised in the 4-H Poultry Club. The 4-H Hatch Cam went live on April 8 in anticipation of some baby chicks hatching!
Some chicks were born on April 9 and 10, and many viewers were lucky enough to see one pecking out of its egg. On April 11, Veterinarian Rhodes Murphey ’91 (father of Henry ’26 and Malinda ’22) was on campus to vaccinate the first round of chicks: 18 4-H chicks and 9 A&M chicks.
The 4-H chicks will eventually go home to different FWCD 4-H families who will raise them as egg-layers. Rachel Werner (mother of Evie ’28 and Gibson ’24), serves as a parent advisor to FWCD’s 4-H Poultry Club. She learned how to administer the vaccinations. Ultimately, Dr. Murphey would like to teach more parents as well as older 4-H students how to vaccinate the baby chicks, to further enhance the Poultry Club’s teachings. “A big part of our goal is to have people involved who are knowledgeable about the chickens,” Dr. Murphey said. For Werner, the sky’s the limit for the 4-H Poultry Club members: “This experience is the kind of thing that could encourage a student to go to vet school,” she said. “Can you imagine how many scientists could be forged as a result of this type of project?”
Meyers has been hatching chicks at FWCD with students for 30 years. It is one activity that excites students in all divisions as Upper School, Middle School and Lower School students alike will be found cuddling with the baby chicks after they are born.
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.