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18th day ! So excited

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I'm so excited... My Dutch Bantam Hen is on 18th day, and I heard her made a soft clucking sound as if she is 'calling' the chicks to hurry up big_smile.png
She has 11 eggs under her. Not sure how many are going to hatch, because I have extremely high humidity here sad.png

Last time, I only got 5 out of 12. I hope this batch will be better

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Edited by cheequechick - 1/11/16 at 6:22pm
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I think the hen can hear the chicks making sounds and she talks to them. That's a good sign that she has live chicks under her. They will imprint on her sound and follow her after they hatch.

The 18th day IS EXCITING!  It gets nerve wracking after this. Day 21 is walk the floor day and listen for peeps. Makes me want to get some eggs in the incubator.  Good luck!  And let us know what you get.

                                                          :jumpy

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It has begun! I just saw a chick. The back is black, but the breast, stomach and butt are yellow big_smile.png

And I heard few chicks chirping. Not sure how many of them are hiding under the hen
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It has begun! I just saw a chick. The back is black, but the breast, stomach and butt are yellow big_smile.png

And I heard few chicks chirping. Not sure how many of them are hiding under the hen

Great let us know how many peeps your hen hatches.

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I counted 7 chicks so far (because I saw 3 black heads, and 4 yellow heads) big_smile.png It is possible there is still 1 or 2 under the hen

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Today, I expect the hen to take them out for food and drink for the first time smile.png
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Wonderful!!!     :jumpy   :celebrate 


Edited by red horse ranch - 1/15/16 at 8:58pm
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here they are, hanging out outside the nesting box wink.png



I'm very happy. Overall, 9 of 11 eggs hatched, despite the humidity is very high (always >90%) all the way from start to finish
Edited by cheequechick - 1/16/16 at 6:08pm
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