Thursday, March 5, 2015

We are hatching chickens

Its our first time hatch our own chickens. And these little sweeties are purebred black Australorps.

Its been a tricky slog, first of all using a broody hen which quickly turned into THREE broody hens for only 12 eggs. Made great use of my excessively broody Silver Laced Wyandottes and Light Sussex girls.

As time progressed we lost three (3) eggs.

1. One of my kids accidentally put it into the fridge with the other eggs.
2. One was cracked. Tried to glue it with PVA glue but the hens attacked it and ate the chick's head.

...which prompted us to rescue the eggs and pop them into the new incubator.

3. One went bad! It was oozing a honey-like substance and it stunk out the entire incubator!

Then there were incubator dramas. Mostly all humidity based or rotational.

Day 18 was 'lock down'- no more turning, and the sections were removed so there would be no more movement of the eggs.

On the morning of Day 21, today...they started to hatch.

Signs were apparent at breakfast but they held off on coming out until the kids got home from school, with the first two popping out in the 4pm hour.

There are big breaks between hatchings and we are still awaiting the remainder to hatch as I type this. (My hubby wants to show off the pictures at work!)

Tomorrow morning we will be vaccinating them. I think we might have an all-nighter on our hands to maintain the correct humidity (65-75%). The kettle is regularly on. And kitchen paper towels are on-hand. No opening the incubator until they are all hatched in the morning.

Our first two hatched black Australorp chicks. Black beak and Pink beak.

We are completely in love with them all.

This is better than TV! This is ADDICTIVE!!!

If you are hatching eggs too, we would love to hear from you and any tips you can share.

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