We had an electric incubator to do the sitting for us and no sweeps week to satisfy.
The incubator looked liked a beer fridge with a glass door, and there were shelves dotted with teeny tiny holders for the teeny tiny beer cans, I mean average sized eggs. I think there was a light bulb in the back and it sat on a table at the back of our large classroom that also doubled as the assembly hall for the entire school. The huge beer-can size plug filled the jack behind the incubator and we were constantly warned never to touch it lest we be zapped into next week. Ah the seventies were truly survival of the fittest and easy qualification for the Darwin Awards.
My class spent a lot of time around that incubator (steering away from the plug). We were responsible for rotating our eggs under very strict supervision - and trust me, you didn't cross Sister Mary Margaret when she's was holding a metre stick and you were two foot nothin' and holding an egg with a fluffy chick who's gonna call you momma on the outside, because mark my word, penguins can be fast when it comes to metric.
Each egg had a set of initials so we could tell our babies apart. I remember one time we cut out egg-shaped holes in black construction paper. We then placed our egg into the hole very, very carefully and held it in front of a blinding light so we could see our very distinct chicks. It looked like a tiny little golf ball sporting a tiny head, easily distinguished by a sharp little beak that soon would embark on it's virgin pecking voyage through the walls of it's current home.
Nurturing our eggs was an exciting time in our classroom that was only marred by one detail. Chickens need about three weeks to incubate and our second week fell during the March Break. I remember hearing that the school could only get the fertilized eggs during that time frame, but even at the tender age of eight, I suspected they had timed it on purpose because they were pricks. Have I ever mentioned I didn't really love school?
I distinctly remember it was circle time when we talked about it with our teacher. We were clustered around her feet as she explained what was going to happen during the March Break. Our eggs would be cared for by one of the more spry residents of our school (did I ever mention nuns lived in my school?) and everything was going to be alright.
Anyhow, March Break passed, we returned to find an incubator full of eggs. Everything was alright. The eggs were due to hatch near the end of the week and we were told that they would be taken home by the teacher so she could keep a closer eye during their due date.
Well it turns out everything wasn't alright.
It turns out someone unplugged the incubator during the March Break week [my suspects: Mrs. Peacock in the library with the candlestick or the custodian and his industrial-size floor buffer]. And when it was discovered, it was too late. I'd like to think there was a late night meeting filled with panic and accusations but all I do know is someone found nineteen fertilized eggs due at the same time. Apparently someone in our school had a farm connection or ties to the Pollo Nostra. Anyhow, we had new eggs to care for and all was well except for one thing - the replacement eggs weren't chicks, they were ducks.
I honestly think the only reason they ever told us was because the ruse was up when nineteen daffys were hatched at my teachers home and she enterpreted that as sign from the Big Guy himself to confess the deception. That and they were completely over the top BUSTED.
*****Also have you checked out the February ROFLs yet? I nominated Mama Tulip for her Stinker post because it seriously made my sides split. I'm sending her my plastic surgery bill in the mail. Want to laugh some more? Go check out the ROFLs over at Mrs. Chicky and Oh, The Joys. Thanks for another hilarious month ladies.