We are happy to announce that 10 healthy little chicks have hatched! We check up on our chicks several times a day. Soon, they’ll be doing naughty things like kicking up their bedding into the feed and water, and we’ll have to clean up after them. Come in and visit them, they love the company!
Our babies have started hatching.
Eight have hatched and a few others are just about ready!
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Our baby chicks will be hatching any day now. The first sign of hatching we will see is a tiny crack on the surface of the eggshell. That is called pipping. As the chick begins to break through with its egg tooth, it creates a tiny hole in the shell and thus begins the first stages of the hatching process.
We’re at the very last stages of incubation! The chick is now in the right place for hatching.
Our chick is continuing to turn slowly towards the end of the egg where the air cell is. It’s here the ‘egg tooth’ will first break through the inner membrane and then the shell. The yolk will nourish the chick during its last days of incubation but will also be important in keeping it well nourished for the first day after hatching.
The chick is almost fully developed and beginning to get itself ready to hatch. The intestines are still being drawn into the stomach and the egg white has been completely absorbed and the chick will start to ingest the yolk between now and hatch day.
Today the chick’s intestines continue to be drawn into its body and the yolk is now becoming more important in terms of providing nutrients throughout the rest of incubation, as the albumen (the white) of the egg is almost gone. At this point, some
And finally today, some chicks (but not all) begin slowly to turn their position in the egg so that they move towards the best place for hatching, which is the head towards the blunt end. It’s here the beak will ‘pip’ through into the membrane and then through the shell.
The chick now has everything it needs to hatch successfully; incubation from this point is all about the process of finalizing its development. Today the bones, claws, skull and scales on the legs are all hardening.
The eye is now covered completely by the eyelid and the skull is closed and starting to harden. On the body, the down is now growing everywhere and within the next seven days will cover the chick completely, ready for hatch.
The lower eyelid continues its progress growing upwards and now covers between two thirds and one quarter of the eyeball. Feathers are growing around the ear and upper eyelid and the spine is covered with a very fine down. And as the embryo continues to take calcium from the eggshell, it uses it to harden the toes, claws and ribs.