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SEAS preschoolers watch ducklings hatch

After a few days, the ducklings were placed in a child-size pool with a makeshift diving board and platform for them to sit on and preen. Submitted photos1 / 2
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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton preschoolers welcomed nine guests into their classroom with the hatching of nine ducklings. Students watched three of the ducks hatch throughout the week.

Every year, SEAS incubates 12 mallard duck eggs. They are placed in a temperature-controlled incubator of 100 degrees for about 28 days. The preschoolers counted down the days until the eggs were ready to hatch.

Each classroom had an opportunity to have the ducks in their room throughout the week. Students learned about the ducks habitat, food and the reasoning for not keeping them as pets. Students gave the ducklings names including Fred, Speedy, Splashy and Flower. After a week at the preschool, the ducklings went to their new home on a farm.