They have flown the coop…

Well,  not really… they are running and hopping but not quite flying yet.  With the Media batch and Mrs. Queen’s batch, we ended up with 20 chicks.  It is interesting, if you look at the matrix outside of Media, you will see that a large group hatched from one particular area in the incubator.  We do know that several of the eggs were not fertilized but we didn’t get an exact count this year.  The chicks will spend a few week growing their feathers and getting bigger before returning to their home at Breezy Willow Farm.  We will miss them!

Up to 9

One chick that pipped yesterday made it out by the end of yesterday.  (She did need a little assistance from Mrs. Voight.)  So now there are 9.  The 3 in the incubator will join their buddies in the peep palace later today.  We don’t see any more pips in the incubator but we will let them be for another day or two, just in case.

Hooray!!!

Today was a busy day in Media! Yesterday we have a few eggs with pips but when we came in early this morning… 8 chicks had hatched from the white eggs, light olive and light blue/green!! 6 have been put in the Peep Palace and are drying out and resting.

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The other 2 will rest in the incubator over night with one that is trying to hatch now.

photo1We wonder if we’ll be lucky enough to find more in there tomorrow morning?!  Stay posted…

Good questions!

Thank you for your questions, Mrs. Warner’s class!

– The incubator makes a good environment for the eggs – one very similar to what the mother hen would create.  The incubator has a heater in it that keeps the eggs around the same temperature that they’d be at if their mother hen was sitting on them.  Mrs. Voight also adds water to a special section of the incubator which helps keep the air a bit moist or humid… again, just like it would be under the mother hen.  Finally, we have a tray that shifts the eggs back and forth because the hen would normally shift them around in her nest.

– If some chicks do hatch, we will give them time to dry out – they will be wet and tired!  (Look at the bulletin board outside of Media.)  But, you guys are right, there could be hatched chicks and hatching chick in the incubator all at the same time.  So, we try to be quick when we need to remove a chick that is ready to go to the “peep palace”.  One of us opens the incubator just a bit, the other carefully removes the chick and quickly gets it to its new heated home.  They have never been aggressive to us – we haven’t had any try to peck us.

Farmer Ken

We spoke to Farmer Ken at Breezy Willow Farm yesterday… he was wondering how the eggs were doing and happy to hear that we saw embryos.  He has his fingers crossed that we won’t have lots of roosters… they are hoping for lots of egg layers to add to their flock.

More Qs (from Ms. Adams/Wallick’s class) and As…

How many eggs are there and where did they come from?

Anna and Joseph from Mrs. Will’s class said “We have 36 eggs.  The eggs came from Breezy Willow Farm.  We put them in the incubator on April 29th.”

Have any eggs hatched?  How long until they hatch?

Kara and Nick in Mrs. Will’s class said “We haven’t had any of them hatch but we hope to have them hatch next week.  It takes 21 days in the incubator.  They also might hatch early.”  source: 4H Speaker

Once the eggs hatch, what happens to the chicks?

Sydney and Liam from Mrs. Will’s class said “The chicks stay in the incubator for a couple hours.  But they aren’t very lively because it takes a lot of energy to get out of the eggs.”

Can you tell whether the eggs are boy or girl baby chicks?

Durienne and Rebecca from Mrs. Will’s class said “You can not figure out if the chick is a boy or a girl when they are in the egg.  You can after a chicken is hatched when they are older by a red patch on the head or if it has a spur growing on the back of it’s legs.”  source:  backyardchickens.com