Monthly Archives: March 2010

An Igor In the Hand

Another view of the crooked little chick. Originally: An Igor In the Hand    

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Last Year’s Hatch

Last year six chicks hatched. Had a lucky break in getting only one rooster. That bird now rules the roost over at my brother’s and is the papa of 5 of the 7 new chicks. The other five joined my … Continue reading

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Igor

I don’t usually name the chicks, but this one said Igor to me. About 2 weeks into incubating I dropped one of the eggs. If had a pretty good crack in it, but I read you could try sealing it … Continue reading

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Week One

The Magnificent Seven. From an eighteen egg incubation, seven emerge. Which breeds hatched remain to be seen, save two turkens (or “transylvanian naked necks”). When first placed in the pen, the beak of each chick is dipped in the water … Continue reading

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Hatching

Of the initial 18 eggs, 12 were found to be viable, 3 embryos expired before pipping, 2 worked hard to hatch, but didn’t quite make it with a final hatched chick count of 7. Variables in incubating are temperature and … Continue reading

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Sweet Freedom

Just before hatching, the chick absorbs the yolk of the egg. This allows them to survive a day or two without outside sustenance. Originally: Sweet Freedom

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Recovery Nap

Waiting a day before removing a chick from the incubator gives it time to recover from the move and gives the feathers some dry time. Originally: Recovery Nap

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