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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Egg Hatching 101: Day 5

We are on Day 5 and as you can see in the photo, we were finally able to get a shot of a clear development when we candled last night! 

Early Embryonic Development

This is a drawing of what you are seeing in the photo above. (Drawing credits: University of Illinois) In the photo you can clearly make out the "red blob" in the center, which you can compare to the drawing. Yep, that's a baby chick in there!

So what is happening today in our incubator?

DAY 5:

  • Reproductive organs begin to form
  • Leg bones begin to form
  • Crop begins to form

Of the 13 eggs in our incubator right now, we have 3 that are blue and the rest are various shades of brown/tan/peach/pink. (Breed breakdown can be found here) The three blue ones are the easiest for us to candle right now since the red veining and embryo contrast easier with the blue/green shell.

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