We feel as if we are continuous chick midwifes. It's fun and somewhat stressful at the same time. So much going on with 25 eggs that are taking a long time to finish hatching.
Happy Birthday to 2 Leghorns!
White #3 hatched at 5:50 pm. Molly has named this one Nugget. It's WILD! Climbing all over everything and cheeping constantly. We have a great video of this chick hatching and we will post it tomorrow.
The second Leghorn hatched at 7:00 pm. This chick is very big! It hatched very quickly once it got going.
Here are the two newly hatched Leghorns in their "play pen" in the incubator. The play pen is a small square Rubbermaid dish that keep the chicks contained in one area. This prevents them from falling over, turning over and pecking the other eggs that are trying to hatch. They stay in the play pen till they are fluffed out and ready for the brooder.
Two of the Australorp eggs ( #11 and #2) failed to hatch after they pipped and they died this afternoon. We think that while the first chick was in the incubator drying off, it turned these two eggs over and they couldn't continue to "unzip" their eggs and get out because they were upside down. We feel so bad about this. So after this happened, we came up with the play pen idea to keep the other hatching eggs safe.
Most of the other eggs are in some form of piping or unzipping. So look for more chick updates!
Here's the first chick that hatched (Australorp #3), happy and curious in the brooder this afternoon. Molly named this one Pip.