and just enjoy watching such a marvelous process. (This also helps to keep the humidity and temperature level in the incubator --stop stressing and just leave them alone.) And boy, do we love hearing those little chick peeps and looking at their fluffy heads!
We moved the chicks to the waiting brooder box, equipped with chick feed, water, and a heat lamp. The babies need to stay warm, so we are careful to monitor that the lamp is close enough to the chicks to be in the 90 degree range. We also added small rocks to the water tray so that none of the birds actually drown themselves. One chick decided to sit in the water tray earlier while we were taking video, so I'll share that as well.
If you look closely at the end of the chick's beak in the first chick picture above, you can see that awesome "egg tooth" that God has equipped chicks with in order to free themselves from their shells. That egg tooth will fall off within a couple days because they won't need it outside of the shell.
Further progress report: There are seven eggs left in the incubator. Four of them do not have a pip that we can see. Three of them DO have a visible pip. We are hopeful that at least those three will hatch today. We will keep you posted, as promised.
I'm the Anatomy & Physiology instructor at New Castle Homeschool Co-op for the 2017-18 school year. As an extension to our class, my family is participating in a 4-H Embryology Program, and will be hatching up to 24 white leghorn chicks in Mid-March. If you would like to learn and enjoy the project with us, we'd love to have you along!