It doesn’t matter how many times I hatch chicks, I always find it really exciting. It’s like nature’s own Kinder surprise! I have been carefully storing eggs from my lovely blue hens and last week I put 8 of them in the incubator to hatch.
They have been in there for 8 days now, so I decided to check for fertility by candling the eggs. I tell myself that I am checking to make sure that I am not wasting energy by incubating empty eggs, but really, I’m just very excited to see what’s going on inside the tiny shells. My hens are bantams and only take around 19 – 21 days to incubate so they develop quickly and, by day 8, the blood vessels are visible along with the heart and the eyes and head.
All the eggs were developing nicely, which is great, as it shows that fertility levels are very good and that Rufus is active. The eggs have survived the collection and storage process which involves keeping them cool and rotating them every day. It’s so magical to see their little eyes forming and their hearts beating.
I will candle them again next week and let you know how they are developing.