Update on our “Farm Creatures”

My test batch of hatching eggs did well.  I put in 5, 1 wasn’t fertilized and 4 fully developed and made it to the hatching stage.  2 hatched out fine and 2 didn’t make it.  I learned a lot about what to do and what not to do.  I have more 6 in the incubator now.  We’ll see what happens!

Evie and David watching the chickens hatch.

One little chicky out of the shell and drying.

Our two little fuzz balls!  They are so fun to watch.  We’ve been watching “chicken tv” since they’ve hatched.

Things I have learned about hatching eggs:

  1. Humidity and temperature are very important.  Who know a momma chicken’s butt was so complicated?!
  2. It’s hard not to touch or help them hatch.  I wanted to, but resisted.  I didn’t think that would be that hard, but it was!
  3. Chicken eggs get fertilized with the rooster mating with the hen, then her body forms the egg shell around the fertilized egg.
  4. Fertilized eggs don’t start developing until they are warmed to about 100 degrees and maintained at that temperature for 21 days.

Here’s a picture of our newest member of our family.  She doesn’t have a name yet.  I’m sure her personality will soon dictate one!

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