Barnyard mix. 35 total. Don't know how many will actually hatch at this point.
RIR papas and either RIR or black sex link mamas.
Welcome! I love school hatches, I bet the children will be thrilled!
My (almost) 7 year old grandson has been "helping" me since we first set the eggs. Your kindergartners are going to LOVE it. He's learned about clears and quitters. He and his sister slept over last night and couldn't wait to get up and see if there were any new hatchlings this AM. Children and chicks just seem to go together, don't they?
Congratulations! What kind of incubator do you have?
Woohoo!!!!! I am a teacher too, and we had our first pips today!!!!! So exciting! It is wonderful to watch chicks hatch, but it is completely magical to watch little kids watch chicks hatch!!!!! Have fun and good luck!
School hatches make for the absolute best days of my teaching career!!!!!!! :-)
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just keep doing it and you will learn!
you have found the notes section and know there is also a ducks section in it correct?
No! I knew about the notes (I have been reading them closely) but not that specific section in the notes on ducks. Maybe I should cruise some more threads. It is all I can do to keep up with the 3 threads I am trying to read... I promise I do search BYC for my questions before I post them. I will check out these duck notes. Honestly, I think I just waited to long to set them (waiting on distressed chick to hatch). For now I keep reading and tracking and misting. Thanks for the help!
I have two separate coops - but both attached to the same large run. For some crazy reason, all of my hens go in the smallest one and cram themselves in there (even though it is not the larger one they were raised in).
The only good thing about this is that when the new chicks are ready to go outside, they have a coop all to themselves!
that is always a plus!!!
good luck with her, I will assume you know what kinda electrolytes that type of fowl needs already!
awwwwww I let gooserz and his brooder mate ducks go for their first swim today, he was more a water lush than the ducks!!!
how exciting!! good luck cant wait to see the littles!!!
oh how cute!!!! the bearddddddd
Well, here we are on the day that I was expecting the hatching to start sometime tonight or tomorrow. And we have already seen four chicks hatch and fluff. There are three currently zipping and I hope to see their eyes tomorrow morning. Plus I don't know how many I have pipping because the hatched kids keep playing soccer (futbol) with the other eggs. I'm sure there were some I saw pipped who have now been rolled over. Which reminds me to ask, "should I be concerned about that or will the chick figure it out?" Seems like a broody hen might continue to roll eggs after some of the hatchlings are out, but I don't know.
To make room for them I moved all my brooder chicks (five weeks old) to the hen house, separated from my older ones. Then I cleaned and sanitized the brooder, placed some of those 12x12 inch blue paper shop towels on the floor of it, and will begin to warm it up for the babies tomorrow. The interior of the brooder is 4' long, 2' deep, and 2' high. Then under the hardware cloth floor is a poop shelf where I keep some trays filled with pine shavings.
All in all it looks like we're pretty much ready to go.
welcome!! and to BYC!!! what exciting set!! love your breeds in there!! so awesome the kids get to see this!!!
Hi Kelsey!! make any more progress on the coop?
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What an exciting and completely magical day!!!!! I heard my first peeping after my first-graders went home for the day yesterday. But, it sounded like only one. I was hoping to see a couple hatched when I walked in this morning, and was really hoping when I saw several parents standing by the door waiting to peek into my classroom with me. NOTHING!!!! UGH! I did hear a faint peep. So I waited and crossed my fingers. Then I decided to do the unthinkable, I opened the bator to candle one. Well, when I picked it up, I realized that the chick had pipped on the bottom!!!!! Then I started peeking underneath, and four of the six were pipped on the bottom. I quickly flipped them over, threw in a nice warm, wet paper towel, and we watched closely. We watched all morning and just before lunch, one started to unzip. The kids had to go to lunch, and after all that waiting, (our first batch was completely infertile), they were going to miss it. NOOOO!!!!
Well, it didn't hatch, and the kids had inside recess (which is in my classroom.) I started to hear them screaming, it's coming, it's coming!!!!! They were surrounding the bator, so I could hardly even get a peek. The chick was clearly ready, so I grabbed it out and put it on a paper towel on the table. It hatched right before their eyes!!!! They literally screamed with excitement, and it was the most precious sight I have ever seen as a teacher!!! That first chick, is by far my favorite teaching moment of the year!!!!!! Picture cute little first-graders high fiving, giggling with excitement, jumping up and down, and even crying because they were so excited. It was absolute precious. A little later in the day we had a second hatch, and it was just as exciting! They went home tonight with huge smiles on their faces!!!! The other two are still pipped, but haven't zipped yet. And, there is one more that looks like it is internally pipped! So it was a very exciting day! You know it is so magical to watch chicks hatch, but there is nothing better than watching my students watch chicks hatch! So many have never ever seen that before! I was in tears myself, and it is truly the best moment of being a teacher.
Aconfederate, thank you so much for telling me your story! That brought me to tears all over again. My daughter was in my first-grade class almost 10 years ago. That was the first time I hatched baby chicks. She fell in love, and that summer we build a chicken coop, just the two of us. My husband wasn't even allowed to help. :-) We have had chickens ever since, and last year she got best of show for one of our silkies. She wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up, so your message really touched me!!!!
The really special thing is that my daughter brings these chickens that we hatch at school to the fair each year, and my students always come to see how their chickens look grown up! It is the perfect ending to a super fun experience! What a magical day!