chickam has begun! baby chicks are hatching!
We are doing our annual live, with sound, web broadcast of baby chickens hatching. Hatching JUST started (a day and a half early), we have several eggs peeping and rocking. The hatch date was supposed to be Friday, Feb. 26th, but hey--we're goin' NOW. Please remember: Hatching takes many hours and can move slowly, with hours going by between the time a chick pips and the time it actually emerges from it's shell. And when it DOES come out, it does so suddenly, in just a few minutes. But watching a hatch CAN be kinda like watching paint dry, so be patient. It's not an instant gratification thing.
Here is the link to the webcam, with sound.
So ladies and gentlemen, choose your favorite egg and cheer it on! They are numbered 1-61, BUT we did pull eleven of them 14 days in as they were clear and nothing had developed when I candled them. I'll post the missing numbers later. Later I'll be posting updates and pictures of last year's chicks.
We did things a little differently this year, and I ordered fertile eggs online from several sources. The breeds we are hatching are: Giant Cochins, Salmon Faverolles, Belgian d'Uccles and Silkies.
Right now #21 (a Porcelain Belgian d'Uccle egg)is peeping and pipping (making it's initial cracks in the shell), if you look at the top of the number 1 that's where the pipping is.
#33 (a Giant Cochin egg) is also rocking and peeping strongly, but no pips yet.
There are two incubators, side by side, both had viable eggs with living chicks when I candled them at 14 days. We can only have the cam on one incubator at a time, so we chose the one with the forced air fan (that's the low hum you hear in the background).