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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