BATH — There may not be an easy answer to the age-old “what came first, the chicken or the egg” question, but students in a science class at Morse High School are hoping to shed some light on the subject.

Students in Lindsay Davis’ vertebrate zoology classes will be live-streaming the hatching of the classroom’s fertilized eggs Memorial Day weekend in an event they’re calling the “Morse High School Egg Watch 2018.”

The stream will be available on the egg watch’s Facebook page.

Once hatched, the chicks will be taken home by senior Kyleigh Murchison, who plans to name each chicken and take care of them on her family’s property.

“These chickens will be a real mix of different breeds, so they’ll be easy to tell apart,” Davis said. “They make chicken leg bracelets, too.”

Murchison and senior Hayley Glidden — Davis’ lab assistants — are the egg watch’s unofficial marketing representatives, and the pair helped make and post more than 70 fliers around the school alerting everybody of the live stream.

Last week, students candled the 24 eggs to see which ones have chickens growing inside — there are 14 that were kept in the incubator and will hatch sometime in the next few days.

“I’m going to put a camera on a stand using an old iPhone hooked up to the wifi,” Murchison said. “You’ll be able to see them through the (incubator) window.”

Davis said it typically takes 21 days for chicken eggs to hatch, so she’s expecting them to be ready on May 27. Because of the live stream, she’ll be able to see when they hatch so she can make a quick trip to the school once the baby chicks are born.

On the table in front of the incubator in Davis classroom is a bowl for chicken name suggestions. Davis and Glidden already have enough chickens at their homes, and Murchison said it’s been some time since she had any, so she volunteered to take home the babies.

Glidden said she has about 20 chickens, so she didn’t need anymore. Murchison said she’s happy to be a part of these chickens’ lives.

Many families in Maine have chickens running around their property, Davis said, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the students — or adults — know a lot about chicken fertilization and the reproductive process.

“They’re learning all of the different stages of chicken development,” she said.

One of the interesting things about hatched chicken eggs is that there is no easy way to tell whether a baby chicken is a hen or a rooster. Usually it just takes patience and time to see how the birds’ feathers develop and what color they are before knowing what kind of chicken it is.

“With most of these, we won’t know if they’re male or female until later,” Davis said. “Or if they start crowing and being loud in the morning.”

Murchison said that while a lot of her classmates have or had chickens at home, some of them were already hatched or fully grown, so they’ve asked a lot of questions. Davis said she even had someone ask if they can incubate eggs from the store and end up with chickens.

“They didn’t realize that those aren’t fertilized eggs that you’re buying in the store,” she said with a smile. “It takes a rooster for the eggs to be fertile, so while they’re eggs, they’re not eggs with chickens inside.”

Both students said they’ll be excited to come back to Morse next year to see the next group of chicken eggs hatch.

After all, the answer to the age-old question is out there somewhere.