The Hatching How

Hey, soft fluffy chicken, can you tell
How you ever broke out of your shell?
I know!
Though you are small and still a bit weak,
You pecked with the hatching tooth on your beak.
It’s sharp and strong and helped you crack through.
Now the tooth will drop off in a day or two.
All birds hatch this same way too!
A crocodile has a hatching spike
That grows on the end of his snout.
Baby snakes and lizards too
Have spikes to help them out.
But on an insect’s eggshell
There’s a slightly weakened place
That pops out when it’s pressed
Like a door or window space
And lets the baby bug come through
Into the springtime sun.
Now if you’ve ever wondered—
That’s how the hatching’s done!

[illustration] Illustrated by Beverly Johnston