New chicks

As I write this, I was just about to turn off the incubator, but I’ve noticed another chick starting to hatch!

Chick number 1 hatched on Thursday morning, the day they were due to hatch. I was away so it was my brother Innes that was keeping an eye on things.

When I got home on Friday morning, No. 2 had just hatched.

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I was worried that it was going to be a total disaster, and that I’d only get 2 chicks out of the 24 eggs. But last night, just as I was going to bed, another egg started hatching.

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This morning, it had opened up quite a bit and another two had started too!

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Chicks 1 & 2 are 24-48 hours old now, and they’re in my mothers kitchen until the rest hatch. Her cat Gizmo is just waiting to pounce!

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Back in at mine, and the next chick was hatching.

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I took this one out of the incubator for the final stages, so I could get a picture and a video. Amazing stuff. First time I’d watched it happen.

Now chicks 3/4/5 are back in the incubator to dry off and I’m waiting on the unexpected 6th to arrive!

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