We have a baby! Our first little chicked just hatched around 3:30 p.m. today. There are six other eggs pipped, one zipping. The little firstborn is very noisy, and he is doing a great job entertaining my children with all of his cheeping.
Here’s a hatch, from pip to out:
This is what a pip looks like (second egg from the front on the left). This is not the egg that you will see hatch below, but one nearby.
This is our first chick "zipping--" that is, pipping all the way around the top, as if he's unzipping himself. Then he'll pop off the top and come out.
That's a chick tush right there! And his leg on the right.
He's mostly out!
He's out, but exhausted. Being born is hard work.
Here he is, minutes later, completely out of the egg. He's been alternately napping and cheeping right on top of the other eggs. In this incubator (a Brinsea Octagon 20 Eco), there's not a lot of room. (Neither is it roomy underneath a mama hen, I might add.)
I will post fluffy chicks later, once he’s dry.