Nuggets was our first chick to hatch but the next day we had two more hatch and then a few more hatched each day over the next few days. It has been fun to watch the whole hatching process.
The chicks began hatching after sitting in the incubator for 21 days. Their beaks develop with a little piece the protrudes out of the end of the beak. It is called the egg tooth and it is used to help the chick break out of its shell. They use the egg tooth to make the first break in the shell and then they rotate themselves around inside the shell while continuing to use that egg tooth to break more shell.
It can take several hours for them to finally get out of the egg. They usually end up cutting the egg in half and then just popping out.
We check the incubator throughout the day to monitor new egg activity. It is so exciting to see a new crack in an egg. Here is a video of a baby chick coming out of his egg. This was such an amazing experience to watch.
Newly hatched chicks are clumsy but they have the cutest little chirps! And you can often hear the chirps from other chicks that are still inside their egg.
Here is our first chick, Nuggets, hanging out with his brothers and sisters.