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H is for Hatch

Photo of a baby chick hatching
Birds, fish, most insects and most reptiles lay eggs, as do monotremes. Fertilised eggs have a baby creature growing inside them, and when it has finished growing as much as it can inside the egg it breaks through the outside of the egg and comes out. This process is called hatching.
Photo of a wooden hatch
A hatch is a small doorway, often leading into a ceiling or underfloor space, but can be found in walls too.