First chicks from the incubator

First chick hatched!

First chick hatched!

I restarted the incubator on February 14 with updated settings – temperature 38C, humidity 60%. Everything was going well, but on February 24 – 25 we had 12 hours power outage. The incubator cooled down to 15C. I was thinking that all is lost, but on March 6 the first chick hatched! Than on March 7 hatched 2 other chicks out of 15 eggs. Next day I opened all other eggs. There was 7 more dead chicks inside.So the fertile rate is 10/15 = 66%. Not so bad for winter.

In the darkness Farby was good with chicks

In the darkness Farby was good with chicks

I called up a broody hen Farby. Her current chicks are already 6 weeks old. I put her in a broody cage in the basement and slipped the chicks at night. In the darkness she was OK.

Farby rejected the new chicks and started to attack them.

Farby rejected the new chicks and started to attack them.

But when I moved the cage to light she started to attack chicks…

So there was no choice. Farby returned back to her old chicks and all were very happy. Chicks went under the light bulb until their new “electric hen” will arrive.

 

chicks under the light bulb

chicks under the light bulb

There was a funny consequence of this. Chicks learned an aggressive behavior from the hen and continue to attack each other sometimes.

 

  1 comment for “First chicks from the incubator

  1. Edward
    June 12, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Ron, Harry and Hermione chickens, June 6, 2016
    This is an update on June 6, 2016. All three chicks are still alive and happy. They run free in fields and forest, always together, so I decided to call them Ron, Harry and Hermione.

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