Thursday, 31 January 2013

Hatching chicks - week 2



Well, the eggs are 2 weeks into their incubation and it’s time for me to candle them again. Although all the eggs revealed developing embryos in their first week, it doesn’t mean that the embryos will still be growing at week 2.

There are lots of reasons for premature death in developing chicks and the majority of them involve temperature or humidity problems in the incubation process. Death in the first stages of incubation can also be as a result of eggs being stored for too long before incubation, but if you use a good quality automatic incubator and rotate your stored eggs, then this tends not to happen.

The blood supply is just visible
Keeping the eggs and the incubator warm and humid while candling the eggs is important at this time of year and, as I keep my incubator in an unheated utility room, I have to take great care that my eggs don’t suffer a severe drop in temperature when I check for life.

It’s day 15 for my eggs today and a lot has happened in the last week. The beak has developed, along with the legs, wings, toes and neck and the embryo clearly resembles a chick. Down begins to grow and the bird’s skeleton begins to calcify. The size of the air sac within the shell has increased and the chicks have rotated so that their heads are at the round end of the egg.

Any chicks that have survived this far, have a strong chance of hatching as healthy chicks so its fingers crossed for hatch day!

8 comments:

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  2. Can't wait for your eggs to hatch!

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    1. Cate,

      I now have 5 in the brooder and am still waiting to see if the slow coaches in the incy eventually hatch. I will put something up this week with sticky chicky pics!

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    2. Sticky chickies! What a lovely description!

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  3. I wish you would come and whisper at my chickens - our lovely duo turn out to be a cockerel and a very disabled runty sister whose comb never goes red.

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    1. Oh Catharine,

      you describe them with such admiration! I will visit your blog and check them out.

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  4. This beak has evolved, and also the feet, wings, digits in addition to fretboard along with the embryo definitely has a resemblance to some sort of chick. Decrease will start to build along with the bird’s metal framework will start to help calcify. The length of the oxygen sac in the cover possesses enhanced along with the the baby birds include turned making sure that the minds have this around conclude on the egg cell.

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