Monday, February 20, 2012

Hatching Chicks

I built my own incubator and am getting better at regulating it. Hatch percentage of my first batch of eggs wasn't super great, but I'm trying again. I had three stillborns, which I think was due to a drop in humidity when I increased the ventilation.
Made my heart race to candle the eggs (checking content of the eggs using a bright light) and see a dark form gliding around inside, little web of veins attached to the air sac.
First hatched


Second hatching

Rhode Island Red/Ameracauna cross on the left, RIR on the right.





Durp.


Little buddies...inseparable now.
They're only two weeks old now, but flapping clumsily around their box with newfound wing feathers.


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