|The beak starts to appear|
|The two halves start to tear apart|
|The wing starts to poke out|
|Pushing and wriggling to get free|
|It's only the head left in the shell|
As a result I tend to just keep an eye on them and remove any that have hatched as soon as they are dry. This leaves space for the hatching ones to break free without being used as a giant football by the rest! Once the chicks are all snuggled up in the brooder they will not need to eat for 24 hours as they are nourished by the yolk that they absorb before hatching. So, they can all have a well earned rest while I clean out the incubator ready for the next lot. Phew!
|The chick takes a well-earned rest!|