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Lincoln Charter students look after quail eggs

Lynsey Waddle’s second-grade classroom at Lincoln Charter’s Denver campus is anxiously awaiting the results of its latest experiment.

The class is the only one in the county participating in the “4-H Embryology Hatching Project,” which is correlated with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for second grade and is designed especially for youth between second and seventh grades.

Through the three-week project, students learn about the life cycle from quail egg to bird.

Twelve 4-H families are also participating in the project, said April Dillon, Cooperative Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development.

Participants were distributed 20 quail eggs, along with 4-H incubators, on April 18, after receiving the necessary curriculum training. They were then required to set their eggs by April 22, with all quail returned to Lincoln County 4-H by this Monday.

“Some 4-H’ers will keep their quail if they have received a wild game bird permit, and others will return their quail to the 4-H office to be raised by a permitted individual,” Dillon noted.

With most due to hatch this week (and some having already done so), the anticipation is building.

Waddle said Tuesday afternoon that she expects her classroom’s quail eggs to be hatching at any moment, having spotted a crack in the shell of one of them in the morning.

The first-year teacher, who has 24 students in her class, received 23 eggs, though four weren’t fertilized.

She jumped at the chance to participate in the project, despite no real-life experience of her own on the subject.

“I’m no egg expert,” she said.

However, she knew it would provide her another way to instruct her students besides just talking to them.

“I feel like it brings the life cycle to the classroom,” she said of the hands-on approach to teaching that particular course unit.

She also raised butterflies with the class, which hatched just last week.

And while these projects certainly teach specific aspects of science, their scope goes beyond the textbook.

Waddle said her students are also learning responsibility, as well as how to solve problems and make and develop their own plans.


Quail eggs reep numerous health benefits

The quail industry has thrived in recent years. And for people who want to make ends meet with animal farming, try raising quails for health and wealth. Quails need little water and food and lays an egg a day,.

The meat is white, tasty and healthy for consumption.  However, the eggs are by far the most important product.

British researchers say that quail egg should be pronounced a super-food, as they have an great impact on our health and even helps to fight obesity. According to nutritionists, the egg is one of the richest in good essential ingredients and we all should consume at least two eggs a day. The researchers emphasize the egg’s important role in general health protection as well as losing and maintaining body weight. Quail egg is simply, an elixir of life.

Quail eggs are considered one of the best known natural health products. Chinese medical practitioners have been using quail eggs for treatment for centuries with exceptional results. As quail eggs are slowly becoming easier to buy in the market place, more people are beginning to show interest in its uses as an active natural medicine instead of the chemical products with many side effects.

Quail eggs contain 3 or 4 times as much nutritional value as chicken eggs do, and they are 13% protein while chicken eggs are only 11% per cent. They contain nearly three times as much Vitamin B1 as chicken eggs do, and you can get double the amounts of Vitamin B2 and Vitamin A by eating quail eggs. Fertile quail eggs are also very rich in calcium and phosphrous, and you can actually obtain 5 times more potassium and iron from quail eggs than from chicken eggs.

The Benefits of Free Range Eggs

Why are free range eggs better than store bought eggs?

Eggs from free range hens are infinitely better than store bought eggs.  They’ve got more omegas, beta carotene‘s, just in general, they’re a thousand times better.  But in order to have free range eggs, you have to let your chickens free range and that means letting them eat plenty of grasses, bugs and all the things you find in your back yard.

True free range birds eat a chickens natural diet, which includes all kinds of seeds, green plants, insects and worms.  Factory farm birds never get to see the outdoors, and that means they don’t get to forage for their natural diet.  That leads to unhappy and unhealthy chickens and inferior eggs.

One of the disadvantages of free ranging your hens is that every now and then you’ll find a hen that wants to roost in your backyard, randomly.  Or sometimes they’ll get into the neighbors yard. So you’ve just gotta keep an eye on your hens to make sure they’re all roosting in their nest boxes.

You should collect the eggs every single day.  Sometimes you’ll have more than one hen in a nest, so you’ll find 3 or 4 eggs at a time.

IN 2007 Mother Earth News compared an average 14 different eggs from free range farms against factory farms.  The results were astonishing.  True free range eggs averaged 3 times more Vitamin E, 2 times more Vitamin A, 7 times more beta carotene, 3 times more Omega-3, a third less cholesterol and a fourth less saturated fat.

So one of the advantages of free ranging your hens is that it’s less expensive than having to constantly buy food for them, because this way you can just let them out into the grass and most of the food that they consume is food that they forage themselves.

That being said, chickens also make wonderful garbage disposals.  Feed them your table scraps and see what I mean.

Look at this picture.  The egg on the right is a free range egg and the one on the left is a factory farmed egg.  They look and taste very different!

Free-range hens are also usually healthier than their cousins kept in crowded cages in commercial poultry houses.  The feeds given to commercial hens are the cheapest possible mixture of corn, soy, and/or cottonseed meals, with many types of additives mixed in.  These additives often include growth hormones, meat and bone meals, as well as antibiotics and chemicals, like arsenic, to keep the chickens awake longer and producing more.

The commercial chicken has a much shorter lifespan due to stress, illness and general disease than does a free-range hen – unless, of course, the free-range hen falls prey to a natural predator.