The chick project

Shadowfire

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Hi everyone. I found an egg outside (the last three or so days have been warmish but it is December) from Luna, my white leghorn hen. It had something inside! A little blob of pink stuff in the center. I found another egg and it was more developed, with what looked like a little eye (black spot in the center), and right now they are in a 4-egg capacity incubator. Their names are going to be (assuming they hatch, and if I can win hide-and-seek-eggs two more times) Moonshine, Moon-pie, and Curiosity after Nasa's curiosity rover. The last would-be name is still undecided; got any names? The names all have to have something to do with the moon. Their mama, Luna, has a name that refers to the moon and I got her on the eve of a full moon so it would be interesting to name the chicks after that theme. Even though this is not my first hatch, I had a few questions:

  1. How soon till I can take them out and to the brooder? Once they fluff?
  2. I have a steady hand and if one can't get out of it's shell while pipping, is there anything I can do?
  3. Names?

I know that December is not the best time to be hatching chicks, but the egg(s) already had babies inside and I couldn't let them sit out in the cold to die or be eaten by Plumps the cannibal chicken. So, here we are, in the midst of chickie chaos!
:wee:wee:wee:wee:wee:wee

I have enough money to buy chick starter, but I had read something about feeding mashed-up-hard-boiled eggs instead. What do you guys think about that? Good first food for chicks?
I'll post updates every day.

Thanks!
 

Shadowfire

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Yes, I do, but I didn't know he was capable of siring a chick as he is physically and mentally challenged. He has done it before but now without acceptable hens, he didn't seem that interested.
 

Shamo Hybrid

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Yes, I do, but I didn't know he was capable of siring a chick as he is physically and mentally challenged. He has done it before but now without acceptable hens, he didn't seem that interested.
OK, I shouldn't laugh....... but that was funny. But that got me thinking, would the offspring inherit those shortcomings from their father? Would be interesting to find out if they successfully hatched.
 

Shadowfire

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Actually, he was injured as a chick via a brutal hawk attack that left him unable to fly, see out of his right eye, and walk properly; and the one chick that his hen did hatch had no problems whatsoever. But he loves to cuddle and thinks he's a cocker spaniel puppy.
 

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