Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Cutest "Chicks" in Town at Kohl Children's Museum



SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER AS KOHL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM BRINGS BACK 
ITS  "EGGS-CELLENT" EGGS TO CHICKS EXHIBIT

MARCH 19 - MAY 13, 2012

Children can Experience the Life Cycle of the Rare Black Java and White Java Chicken in Cooperative Exhibit with Garfield Farm Museum in LaFox, IL


Young "peep-le" looking to get a first crack at Spring will delight as the annual "eggs-hibit" Eggs to Chicks returns for its 12th year to Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago, MARCH 19 - MAY 13.

Featuring a special child-height egg incubator, hatchery unit and a pen for newborn chicks, Eggs to Chicks provides a memorable educational opportunity for children. With more than 100 eggs being hatched at the Museum, the delivery and incubation times of the eggs ensure there will always be new chicks hatching any given week for the duration of the exhibit. As the chicks grow, they are delivered to farms in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana to be used for egg production and species repopulation.

The exhibit will feature the rare Black Java and White Java strains of chicken, which were an endangered species less than a decade ago.

To the astonishment of Museum workers and guests alike, 2010's Eggs to Chicks hatched not one, not two, but three Auburn Java chicks, one of the rarest strains in existence. The Auburn Java strain, common in the 1800's, actually disappeared over time, but the recessive gene has remained dormant in the Black Java variety and has only recently been rediscovered. Approximately 300 Auburn Javas are currently known to be in existence.

We had a fun experience at the museum a few weeks back and would love to visit again to watch this exhibit especially since both my kids are now at a stage where they are pretty fascinated by how life begins, how different creatures come into being and the like.

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