Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Every Picture Tells a Story

Last weeks we started hearing squeaks coming from Country Boy's incubator.

Within a few hours they were busting out of their shells. We helped the above chicken break out a bit because he was really struggling and one of the last to hatch. We've never had good luck with "helping out" but amazingly this little guy survived.
Not a great incubation rate this time around. Only 10 out of 40 eggs hatched. Better luck next time around. The key is to keep a moist environment which we lacked on a little towards the end. Our bad!
CB sold them within a couple days. Now he has his incubator filled with Muscovy eggs. We also have a Momma Muscovy sitting on a nest of eggs. Hers will hatch out way before the batch in the incubator. Remember last year when one of our hens hatched out and tended 26 ducklings? Now that is just crazy!


Anonymous said...

Congrats on the chicks!


GreyWolf said...

Way ahead of me, I am still debating as to wether or not to get an incubator and how much I want to spend on one.

Sue said...

I think we'll try this out next spring. I can't bear the thought of explaining chick death quite yet, should it happen. Am I a little paranoid? Yes. Oh well. I'll wait till the kids are 5. You're an awesome mom.

Unknown said...

WOw fascinating pictures :) That is so neat to see them hatching from their eggs!