6:00am - Day 20. No signs of hatching.
9:00am - After talking with my Mom (the Chicken Expert), I add another bowl of warm water to the incubator to up the humidity, and VERY carefully, cradling each egg, quickly look at and listen to each egg. I hear faint peeping from Egg 3!
3:00pm - A TINY crack appears on the top of Egg 3! And chick continues to peep.
5:00pm - J and I notice that when we shine a flashlight into the incubator through the viewing window at Egg 3 the chick peeps and we can see it moving through the TINY slit in the membrane.
6:30pm - LOUDER cheeps! And a bigger chip of egg comes off. We can see the chick's egg tooth and beak and part of the body. It wiggles around and is YELLOW.
7:30pm - Another chick with a small hole. Moving a little inside the shell, but not peeping. It doesn't seem robust and is BLACK.
11:30pm - No changes in either chicks.
|Yellow in the Incubator|
5:30am - Day 21. Yellow chick popped out while we were sleeping, and now in the brooder, peeping up a storm! Black has not made ANY progress. I'm wondering if it needs help, but I'll watch it for a while first.
6:30am - Black chick isn't moving anymore and still not peeping. It's breathing seems "off", so I decide to start helping it out a little. Finally! It makes some WEAK peeps when I clear it's beak. It's little head is wedged UNDER it's wing.
9:00am - Black chick dies. Yellow continues to do well!
12:30pm - We have a burial ceremony for Black and a baby Robin we had found under a tree in our yard. (Looks and sounds like the baby Robins hatched yesterday too!)
|Tranferring Yellow to the Brooder - Still Drying off|
|A few Minutes in Brooder|
|Yellow Meets The Cat|
|A Napping Fluff|
It turns out the other 2 eggs were NOT fertile, so it's just Yellow. The kids are VERY happy! It'll be one LOVED chicken! LOL They would like to incubate more eggs so we're "in talks" to get more eggs. (Mom might bring down a dozen next weekend.) Again, chicks will go to live with my Mom and her chickens in June.
|Yellow at the End of the Day|
|Fluffed All Out|
|First Time Holding|