Rearing the chicks

recently hatched chick

28th May 2013: recently hatched chick

 Although one chick hatched on the 20th day of incubation (28th May 2013), by the morning of the 21st day another seven had hatched. One was still chipping through and followed shortly after. 

After hatching, I left the chicks in the incubator to dry out. I then moved them to a box with paper shreddings and some food and water, putting them back in the heated incubator at night.

recenytly hatched chicks

28th May 2013: chicks had hatched during the night

I then transferred them to a larger box with a sprinkling of sawdust on the floor. The feeder was an upturned plastic lid with a smaller glass to stop them walking through the food. I put some water in a flan mould filled with clay baking beans so that they wouldn’t drown in the water.

1st June 2013: chicks are four days old

1st June 2013: chicks are four days old

 For more about the incubation process, see this: incubating the eggs

One thought on “Rearing the chicks

  1. Do you remember that terrible custom they used to have when all the kids brought brightly coloured chickens to class at IML to celebrate some Catholic feast or other?

    Seems like a lot of fun on your finca, been following the posts a lot, couldn’t have killed the pigs myself I must admit. Might be able to take on a chick with a very good pair of gloves.

    Steve

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