Chickam Is Back! Pipping NOW!

velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)June 19, 2008

Holy cow, they are 48 hours EARLY!

http://www.stickam.com/chickam2008

New & improved Logitech camera plus new FIOS wiring means a MUCH better picture, you can really see the eggs moving!

There are 50 eggs, all are numbered. #42 has pipped, #41 and #22 are rocking as the chicks turn into hatching position. No peeping yet. Since #42 is so early, it may or may not survive if it hatches tonight--keep your fingers crossed! :)

We will be moderating chat MUCH better this time, and will have a ZERO tolerance for hate language, spamming, profound obscenities, etc. Lots of kids like to watch Chickam, so if you can't watch your language, stay out of chat. No second chances, no warnings, offenders will be banned. :) I'm sure everyone here can deal with that, though.

Enjoy!

Velvet ~:>

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timberohio(6)

This is so cool. I'm new to raising chickens and haven't even thought of hatching eggs. Love how you can hear them peeping and see the eggs rocking. Got to wake the kids up to watch this. They will love it.

Thanks for the Chickam.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2008 at 11:16AM
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claraserena(4)

Velvet-I have been watching and emailed my grandkids to watch. Have eggs/chicks that are out of sight made it out? I will keep checking.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2008 at 8:12PM
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msjay2u(7)

I watched #38 how cool was that. I also liked hearing your kid talking asking about umbilical cords. *cute*
thanks for the view!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 12:44AM
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msjay2u(7)

please give more details on your camera, set up and the *about price*, as I was thinking about putting one on my goats and chickens so I can watch from work. :-)
Thanks

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 1:04AM
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johanna_h(Z5 SW MI)

WOW! Lots of activity this time around. Did you do something different in the incubator, or source the eggs differently?

I have two hens sitting nests. Since the middle of may there's been broody activity from various hens, but each time they abandon the nests and the eggs have nothing in them. I had to have a talk with my rooster! Hopefully something's developing under the current hens.

Congratulations, Velvet! Good work, chickies!

--Johanna

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 6:52AM
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sullicorbitt(z5 MA)

Wow Velvet they look terrific! I love the new video set up too, well done :) That's a lot of eggs!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll look forward to updates.

Sheila

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 7:30AM
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timberohio(6)

Well my daughter who is 12 watched anxiously all day yesterday. Until 10 pm last night. She just has one question this morning. Did #41 hatch? His egg rocked all day yesterday she was certain it would be the first. Now this morning it must be the other side of the incubator and she doesn't see #41. So could I get an update on 41 whether it hatched or not?

Thanks
Andrea

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 8:46AM
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msjay2u(7)

here is a great video for kids to see how a chicken develops from yolk to chick

Development of Chicken - The most popular videos are here

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 4:03PM
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msjay2u(7)

Are my eyes deceiving me or have ALL the chicks hatched? WOW!!
congrads Velvet, hope your family enjoys them!!
what are they anyway (breeds)?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 12:48AM
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johanna_h(Z5 SW MI)

msjay--I think Velvet moved the camera and the chicks into another box, out of the incubator. That's why you don't see other eggs around.

Velvet--why is the pen divided with hardware cloth? Who are those chicks on the other side? They look kind of small to be the first hatch, or are they?

--Johanna

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 7:56AM
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msjay2u(7)

one of the buff colored chicks looks dead. the one in the front.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 6:37PM
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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

Yikes, no--no dead chicks....?!

All are healthy and happy-- baby chicks will just run around like mad, then drop and sleep like they've been shot...10 seconds later they are up and running again. They're like wind-up toys.

We had a total of 13 chicks hatch out of 50 eggs--better than the last hatch, but still not a good hatch rate. But the eggs either formed a chick and it hatched, or they didn't. Nothing in between. I've done several fertility tests on our eggs, and all have been fertile.

We have the cam on the brooder box now, the new chicks are separated from the 3 week old chicks by hardware cloth (the wire). When this batch gets big enough to stand up to the three older chicks, we'll let them all run together.

We'll likely have the cam up for at least a week. :)

Velvet ~:>

    Bookmark   June 23, 2008 at 4:12AM
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msjay2u(7)

I am glad to hear they are okay. I said that then I went to check on my chicks and found one of mines dead with a broken neck. I assume it was broken because of the position it was in. I think she tried to get out of the brooder and fell.

I have totally enjoyed your cam. It is very interesting to watch for short spells. Thanks so much for sharing with us!!
Jay

    Bookmark   June 23, 2008 at 7:47AM
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johanna_h(Z5 SW MI)

It's 8:15 am EST -- where are the chicks??? Do they sleep off to the side where they can't be seen from the chickam?

--Johanna

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 8:15AM
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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

We've added a grassy dirt clod to the brooder box for Chick Disneyland, they love it. :) Ash, the little gray one, is turning out to be a Frizzle. I moved the cam a bit to get a better angle.

They're getting to the age where they're getting really rambunctious, very fun. Meanwhile, the three older chicks have discovered that they can jump up on the edge of the brooder box, naughty little things...!

Velvet ~:>

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 5:00AM
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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

Baby pictures! Here are the 13 chicks, at 7 days old:

It's a baker's dozen! We have one Frizzle for sure, the gray one at the right end.

Velvet ~:>

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 11:49PM
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johanna_h(Z5 SW MI)

Lovely! I'm so envious! Will you be keeping all of them?

--Johanna

    Bookmark   June 29, 2008 at 7:54AM
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