When I was about my daughter’s age (she’s 10), I found a robin egg that my dog had just knocked the nest down. The egg was still warm. I ran into my house and held it over a lightbulb and I saw a heart beating. As an animal lover, I wanted to hatch that egg. I got an old aquarium and an old lamp and set it up in my room (the lightbulb for heat), and even though the light was so bright and annoying while I was trying to sleep at night, I was determined to hatch this egg. Every day, I would carefully hold the egg up to the light and see that little tiny heart beating. So exciting! Of course, I had no idea what I was going to do when that egg hatched, maybe I would crush up worms and try to feed it by hand? It didn’t matter, I was determined to help this poor little baby bird.
I woke up one morning, and the lightbulb had gone out. I held that tiny egg up to the light, and the heartbeat was gone. I was crushed.
A few years back, my daughter tried to rescue a robin egg, and I knew how she felt, but there was no hope for it, and I told her that… but she tried to keep it warm… in a box… no amount of compassion she had for animals was going to save it, but she finally gave up when it started to stink… lol!
Whether we are discussing baby humans or baby animals, the miracle of life is simply amazing. While my son (age 13) acts all calm and cool about the whole thing, I know both of my children are pretty fascinated as well, and I am so happy to be able to share the experience of new life with them…
Can you believe, Day Four of our experiment with hatching chicken eggs, and we have already seen life by candling the eggs (holding them over a very bright light)! There is slight movement. I am not sure whether that is the heart beating, but that would be my guess, as it is a pulsating appearance. So far, we can definitely see that 13 of the eggs do indeed have life in them. We’ll check again in a few days and see if we have more.