Feathers Flying in Third Grade

Photos by Rachael McCauley & Carly Wise

Student contributors

Jennifer Findley’s third-grade class at Cranberry Elementary School recently hatched a few different breeds of chickens. The students hatched Ameraucana, Golden Polish Laced, and Silver Polish Laced chicks.

Nine chicks hatched all together and the class has not yet determined the gender of all of the chicks. Findley has been teaching the children how to determine the sex of the chicks based on their rows of feathers and the curves of their beaks.

This has been Findley’s 16th year hatching eggs with her students, and she looks forward to hatching different breeds of birds in future years.


Carly Wise and Rachael McCauley are students at Cranberry High School and members of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications group.