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Saturday, March 24, 2012

LIVE Eggs Hatching!


Here we go again! Watch our eggs hatch LIVE right here all weekend... we will be periodically updating this post with the latest progress and keeping the camera pointing on any current action.

We have 27 eggs in our Brinsea Octagon Advance incubator, including the following breeds: Black Copper Marans ("BCM" x8), Olive Eggers ("OE" x5), Black Copper Marans Cross ("BCMX" x5), Araucana (1), Cochin (x2), Standard Silkie ("SS" x1), Silver Phoenix ("SP" x1), Red Shouldered Yokohama ("RSY" x2), Mixed Lgt Brown Layers ("MIX" x2).

Terminology key:
PIP: Hatching term meaning that chick has punctured the egg shell with its beak to make an air hole. Egg may stay this way for several hours. During this time the chick is absorbing the last of the yolk. Peeping is commonly heard now.
ZIP: Chick is actively chipping away at the shell (usually in a straight line). Hatching will follow soon.
HATCH: Chick is actively emerging from egg.

UPDATES:

3/23 4pm: BCM #1 pipped
3/23 4:30pm: BCM #2 pipped
3/24 1am: Additional pips = OE #1, Araucana, SP, BCM #3, BCMX #1
3/24 8:20am: Additional pips = Cochin #1, BCM #4
3/24 9:45am: Additional pips = Cochin #2
3/24 10:15am: BCM #1 and BCM #2 starting to zip
3/24 11am: BCM #2 HATCHED <-- first chick of weekend!
3/24 11:49am: BCM #1 HATCHED
3/24 3pm: BCM #3 HATCHED
3/24 3:30pm: Additional pips: BCM #4, BCM #5, BCM #6, BCMX #2, BCMX #3, RSY #1
3/24 6pm: BCM #4 HATCHED
3/24 6:40pm: SILVER PHOENIX HATCHED / BCM #5 HATCHED
3/24 7:20pm BCMX #1 HATCHED

((If you have problems viewing the video above, the direct link to the video feed is http://www.ustream.tv/channel/chicken-cam-peep-show))


Our first chick from the January hatching event

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