Chicks Are Hatching

The incubator has been up and running for awhile now.  We have been hatching Buff Bantam Silkies, Quail Antwerp Belgians and Bourbon Red Turkeys.  The large speckled eggs in the pictures are the turkey eggs – they take 28 days to hatch whereas the chicken eggs only take 21 days.  You can also see a couple of Silkies that have hatched and dried off – waiting for me to take them to the brooder.   The dates on the eggs are the date that we put them into the incubator.   Here are some pictures of a Silkie chick emerging from his confinement:

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The chick has pecked a complete circle around the top of the egg and is getting ready to "pop the top off".

He's working on it.

He's working on it.

Pushing his way out now.

Pushing his way out now.

"Finally I can stretch out!"

"Finally I can stretch out!"

Wet, free and exhausted.

Wet, free and exhausted.

"Let me catch my breath"

"Let me catch my breath"

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beingmaisie
    Apr 30, 2009 @ 02:27:07

    Great pictures, isnt it wonderful incubating? I had 12 incubating recently, my first time but sadly only 2 hatched as i had humidity problems.

    Good luck with all yours. i’ve added you to my blogroll

    good wishes
    Gill

    Reply

    • gbfrabbit
      Apr 30, 2009 @ 05:24:17

      Thank you! Yes, keeping the humidity correct is hard with the ‘cheaper’ incubators. I have problems sometimes too. But, at least you have 2 chicks! Did you candle your other eggs to see if they even had embryo’s in them? Keep trying 🙂

      Reply

  2. Jennifer
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 23:06:22

    Your bourbon red turkey eggs fit in the egg turner? How exciting to see! We are getting a breeding trio and assumed our little giant or hovabator could not hatch turkeys. Do you have a fan in your inky? I know these are last years pictures, but if you wouldn’t mind sharing a little info, I have looked high and low online to find information on hatching turks in this type of inky. Thank you for your time. 😉

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