What an learning experience it was! But it had to come to an end... The last of the chicks were re-homed to amazing families that will take great care of them. Unfortunately, we were unable to keep any... The kids are sad but understand. Until next year!
I found a really good website that talks about the growth of chicks until they are 60 days old. It's a good read and very easy to understand. Check it out!
The big thing we noticed today is how much the wing feathers are already changing - especially in the brown chicks. Also, we're noticing a bigger difference in the size of the chicks. Some are growing rapidly and others not so much. They're starting to poop, eat and drink more! Yep, making my daughter and son clean it and take care of them. They have to prove they can do this before I commit to building a coop and having backyard chickens!
In the meantime, we're making sure they are handled gently, the kids are washing their hands and blankets thoroughly and we're trying to figure out which ones are hens and which are roosters since we can't keep any roosters! Argggg.
Good morning! The chicks are now two days old and they're not only very hungry but sleepy! They'll be running around like crazy, stop and fall asleep within seconds. It's so fun to watch. We have two water towers and one large trough feeder. The color is starting to come in more and we think we can start to tell the difference between the breeds (maybe???). Some are more brown but that's about it.
Unfortunately, we did lose the runt overnight... After taking a close look at it, it appears as though the abdomen didn't fully close. :( Sad but a part of life. I had the conversation with my kids before we even brought the eggs in that not all will make it. Tomorrow, if the last egg in the incubator hasn't pipped (broken the shell), we'll remove it and examine the contents to see what went wrong.
However, we will post a Daily Dose of Cuteness for your viewing pleasure. Stay tuned!
Good morning all! Three more hatched overnight. I wasn't sure if one was going to make it but it did! There are 3 brown ones that we didn't think were viable as of day 12 so that's not a surprise. There's one more brown one in the incubator that hasn't pipped so probably not viable either. We'll give it another day...
If the last brown egg doesn't hatch (not expected to), we will have 20 of 24 chicks. That's a 83.33% hatch rate! Nice.
Here is some additional data:
The white eggs are LEGHORNS. The brown eggs are a cross with our Pure Columbian line and New Hampshire line cross with Pure Columbian line and New Hampshire line. More details...
Brown eggs 8 of 12 hatched for a 66.66% hatch rate
White eggs 12 of 12 hatched for a 100% hatch rate
From 6 AM on, it's been non-stop with the chicks! We are up to 10 chicks and still going...
Here are a few quick notes...
My daughter, Gabi, is so excited to see the chicks and take care of them! Chick #22 is the first one to pip through its shell enough that we can see just a tiny bit of him/her!!! How exciting!!!
Due to COVID-19 and the Shelter-in-Place order, I had to incubate the chicks here at my home in Yorkville. Because I have 2 cats and 2 dogs, the BROODER that came with the incubator kit wasn't going to work. Thus, I used an old tote and made a custom cover to keep the pets out and the chicks in. Not bad! :)