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The Chicks Hatch, In Pictures

July 11, 2008
I have a feeling that these pictures could be kind of like birth videos, you either think they are wonderful and amazing or you are completely grossed out by them. So, view them with that in mind.

This is how the hatching starts out. Just a small opening.

Then it gets bigger.

And if you look closely, you can see that tiny beak poking out in the above picture.

And more of the chick is visible.

Then it comes all the way out!

They aren’t that cute when they first come out.

This is a different egg and you can see that it has cracked differently than the first one.

Maddy caught this shot of the moment the chick slipped out.

This is the very first chick that hatched out. Very tired from the hard work of hatching and resting in the tub with the warming lamp.

These are a group of about eight or ten and a newly hatched one on the left. (The chicks stay in the incubator until they are dry, then they are removed to the tub with lamp. They don’t start to fluff up for several hours, though.)

Look at this handsome group!

Isn’t this just the cutest little chick?

We have 19 chicks as I’m writing this. They all look very healthy with the exception of two. One of them seems to have difficulty figuring out how to use its legs and it keeps falling on its back. The other looks like it has what I would call a birth defect on its rear, though it could be a normal variation. I don’t know since I am an inexperienced hatcher. I have quarantined it so the others don’t peck at it. We have 12 or 13 more eggs left. I hope we have a high success rate!

PS I’d like to extend an open invitation to all my real life, local friends to stop by and view the chicks in the next few days. After they have all hatched, they will be going to my friend Jacki, who owns them and will brood her batch and the batch we have hatched together.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Prairie Momma permalink
    July 11, 2008 4:13 am

    FYI – if you use a red bulb instead of a white/yellow one in the tub with the chicks, they tend to be less aggressive. We have no idea why, but we’ve experiened both and have noticed a huge difference depending on the bulb used.

    That it so wonderful to have in your home. I have thought it would be great to have an incubator, and now I’m more motivated than ever. We have a broody hen that we had hoped to be able to “sneak” our last batch of chicks under, but we weren’t counting the days she’d been brooding and apparently it wasn’t 21 days so she wouldn’t take them. They do fine under the lamp, but how much nicer to let them be adopted by a hen. I expect you to get a henhouse built and start your own little “herd” soon. :):)

  2. Anonymous permalink
    July 11, 2008 3:02 pm

    When do you have to give them away? Do you get to keep any?

    That was a neat post. Fun to see. I am going to share it with the boys today. Little chicks are just so cute!

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