We now have 10 chicks and more on the way! Here are the 6 oldest ones. The 4 others are in the incubator drying off! The red light is more calming than a harsh white one. Here is a video where you can see them well.
On days 8 and 9 the feather buds are beginning to grow. If you could see the embryo now, you'd be able to see three little rows of feather cones on the tail. The inner eyelid and the egg tooth, which the chick will eventually use to peck her way out of the egg, are also forming.
Did you know that the yolk is NOT the actual chick in an egg? It is the chick's food! When the chick finishes the food, it is time to hatch!
This video is actually a video of DAY 7. I wanted to share it because it is what the eggs will look like tomorrow! Look for the three types of eggs - quitters, yolkers and winners!
Candling is basically shining a bright light at an egg in a dark room to see how the embryos are growing. This candling video shows three kinds of eggs: "winners" (embryos are developing), "quitters" (embryos have quit growing) and "yolkers" (eggs were never fertilized). In many of the winners, you can see the embryo moving. At day 7,chicken embryos are about the size of a dime. If you leave yolkers or quitters in your incubator, they will rot and get very smelly, so we remove them from the incubator.
Link for candling video (From Lancaster 4-H Egg Cam)
This is a video of the egg on day 4 at night. We use a powerful light to see inside the shell. You can see the blood vessels and the actual heart of the chick beating! It is amazing! This video is of one of our Easter Eggers. It is a light blue egg which allows us to see inside the egg easily. Here is a photo of Day 5. That tiny black dot is the eye!
Check out what is happening to the chick on Day 4. The second photos are made by using a strong light to look into the shell. You will see spidery veins and a small red spot that is the heart of the chick! The rest of the body will grow soon and you won't be able to see the heart after day 6-7.
There are Easter Eggers, Olive Eggers and Copper Marans. Check out all the colors! They are placed in the incubator (the white styrofoam container) and the eggs are in an egg turner. The egg turner slowly moves the eggs from side to side to act like the hen when she stands up. The incubator is at 100 degrees to keep the eggs warm.