Sunday, April 7, 2013
INCUBATING CHICKEN EGGS
It started Friday night when you could hear peeps coming from inside the eggs, which is kinda cool and also proves the eggs have been growing successfully. I candled them after 7 days, (the process of holding light up to the egg to see development inside) and we could tell they were growing then but nothing says "about to hatch" like hearing peeps.
Late Saturday night I noticed the first crack in the egg, and then another and then another. It was clear that at least 3 of the eggs were hatching. This, of course, takes hours and is a very slow process. The goose eggs will still need another week before they are ready to hatch. 2 days before the eggs hatch you have to make sure not to open the incubator at all. The humidity level rises and if you open it up, you lose the humidity causing the membrane inside to get hard, trapping the chick inside, killing it. So as hard as it is not to open up the incubator and take out the newly hatched chicks, you have to remain patient until all the eggs have hatched.
Newly hatched chicks can go over 24 hours without food or water which is good because you can't open the incubator at this point. Several other eggs appeared to be cracking but so far only 5 of these little guys have come completely out.
I'll do an update on these chicks a bit later.