Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Quick Chick Update

We wound up with five chicks hatching out yesterday. I had to help two out of the shells because they were taking so long the membrane around them had dried out and stuck them to the shell. It was a bit nerve-wracking, but I figured there was nothing to lose. The chicks would have died in the shells, but they are running around with the others now. It was so much fun watching the hatch, I wish I could just throw some more right in, but I can't reasonable fill my laundry room with chicks (can I?), so I have to wait just a little bit! Next time I'm going to get something to measure the humidity in the incubator which can be one cause of low hatches. But I'm not too disappointed with my first try at it. It's five more than we would have had, right?

These pictures are from yesterday. I will get some more today or tomorrow showing them fluffed up a bit more.

Our first chick that hatched out. The only one that is mostly yellow. Tried to climb back into its shell more than once!

Same chick a bit more fluffed up.

Encouraging #2 to hatch. The chicks in the shells did respond to the peeping of the other chicks ,and you could see more movement from them when the others would peep. The chicks in the shell would peep back, too.

This is number four, I think. One of the ones that needed a hand.

A couple group shots.
It appears #2 does sport a mohawk--I hope that isn't an early indication of rebellious tendencies!


Sunny April 17, 2009 at 4:47 PM  

Really neat chick pics! I love seeing little hatchlings! well, any baby animal or bird, really...
I enjoyed visiting your blog!

brokenteepee April 18, 2009 at 10:34 AM  

Aaaaw, we are getting chickens this May. It should be fun!

Jennifer April 19, 2009 at 1:54 AM  

What neat pictures. Congrats on the new chicks, they are super cute!

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I am a thirty-something mother of two girls and a boy ranging from preschool to middle school. My husband and I keep working and reworking on our goal of raising our family healthier. Our house is a constant work under construction--adding on and remodeling. We're happy to have bought our property a few years ago, but as any homeowners know, owning a home just adds to your list of projects and chores because there's always improvements to be made and maintenance to be done. On our burgeoning homestead, we have chickens, guineas, a few goats, and our most recent additions-rabbits.
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