After 22 days in the incubator, our chicken eggs have begun to hatch. It has been SO exciting!! The first egg hatched over night. We were thrilled when we woke up that morning to find a little chick hobbling around inside the incubator! It must have been newly hatched, ’cause it was still really wet.
It was so cute once it dried up and its feathers fluffed out! Ideally you want to keep a newly hatched chick in the incubator for the first 24 hours. However, after about 16 hours we had to separate this one from the other eggs. She was hopping over to one of the other eggs that was cracked, and was pecking at the shell. I could see the little chick inside the shell moving every time the chick would peck at it, and I was afraid she might kill the other one. So, we moved her to a little box, with a warming light.
She was mostly dry, so we figured she’d be alright. Man, can this little chick make a LOT of noise!!
On day 23, two more eggs began to hatch. That was yesterday. The kids and I were fascinated as we had the chance to watch one of the chicks hatch completely from its shell.
It started like this. Just a small hole pecked in the shell.
After several hours, the hole got a little bigger.
A wing is free!
Pushing with her feet. Com’mon baby!
Out pops her head!
And she’s out!! Still attached to the umbilical cord.
And here she is! Chick #2.
The other chick has not completely hatched yet. She’s still working on cracking that shell!
I was so thankful that both Titus and Jada got to watch the entire process. Both of them pulled their little chairs up to the incubator, and excitedly watched every step of the process. It was so great hearing their enthusiastic remarks. This was my first time ever watching a chick hatch, too, so I was equally thrilled!
None of the other eggs are showing any signs of cracking. I wonder if they will. Nevertheless, this first attempt at hatching out our own chicks has been very rewarding… and a great educational tool!