Monday, August 24, 2009

Chicks and carnivals

He's here.

Or, she's here, we won't know for two weeks from what we've heard and read. For now, Blake has named this first one Bill, but that is subject to change. We'll also get better pictures when he fluffs up and we move him out of the incubator. If you look off to the left in the picture you can see the little shriveled up piece of yolk that he was attached to right when he hatched. And, the egg shell to the right.

We saw a tiny crack before heading to bed last night and thought for sure we would wake up to a chick or two this morning. But, nothing changed overnight. If you look closely, on the top left corner of the egg you will see the crack.

So, this morning we watched and watched. Little cracks, little beaks peaking out. Nothing more. We read it could take 2-24 hours for hatching to actually finish, so we decided to do our Bible time.

Gone less than half an hour and we came back to a little chick! Can't believe we missed it with how much we have been glued to this thing. Oh well. Four more have definite pipps in them.

Did you know . . .

The eggs chirp? Shortly before hatching we could hear the chicks already vocalizing!

You can see the chick's belly button? After hatching you can see the little spot where it had been attached in shell

The chick actually eats the yolk? Before hatching it absorbs the yolk into its belly and that gives it the energy to hatch, and means it often doesn't eat or drink for the first day or two after hatching.

More to come . . . In the meantime jump over to Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers for another great edition of the Homeschool Showcase.

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1 comment:

Weird Unsocialized Mom said...

That is so cool! Thanks for posting all the great pictures and factoids!