They're hatching! **PIC** post 8, post 21

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  1. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My muscovy hen has been sitting for what seems like forever. I was getting worried since I was expecting them to hatch Sunday at the latest.

    I went out this morning to bring her some food and saw 2 little babies. They both had yellow heads and one had some coloring on its tail but I didn't see what color. Mom is chocolate pied (I guess) and dad is a white head and mostly black.[​IMG]

    I ran inside to get a camera and of course by the time I got back out they were back under mom. So there are 20 more eggs under her. I know they won't all hatch. But I'm hoping for a good amount.

    I'll post pics when I can get some.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Good luck. [​IMG]
     
  3. CammieSilkie

    CammieSilkie Out Of The Brooder

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    One time I had a hen sitting on 15, and all of them hatched, later than I expected though. You never know what could happen! Good luck!!
     
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, at least 3 have hatched out so far but mom won't let me look and I don't want to stress her right now. The only picture I got was of a little yellow wing sticking out from under mom. [​IMG] Looks like the hatchlings are staying in the back of the nest behind mom.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    So exciting, looking forward to pics when you can. it maybe a few days, seems like mine would wait till about day 3 before bringing them out for all to see.
     
  6. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, this is the best I could come up with today. Those are some cute little butts though. [​IMG]

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    At last count there were 5, I think. I was judging by tails sticking out on this side of mom since I can't see the other side. I am planning on keeping my camera handy since first thing this morning (when I didn't have my camera) the first 2 were sitting right in the doorway of the nest. Hopefully tomorrow but we'll see.
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    precious
     
  8. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    12!!!

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    Most are yellow or yellow with the black butt and head spot. No typical muscovy masks or eye stripes.

    I only took 1 pic because I had just been messing with them. I smelled a distinctive rotten odor this morning so I figured it was time to check and remove any eggs. It looked like maybe 5 of the eggs had fully/almost fully developed but I think the cold and too many eggs did them in. But I'm very happy with 12.

    I'll get more pics when I can but for now I'm letting them settle back in.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    That is just so precious, like okay lets all hide our faces and that giant will not see us. Then of course they have to have a look out. Congrats thats a great hatch!
     
  10. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. Mom was trying to attack me while I was taking out the old eggs and most of the shells. I was worried the babies would get cold another reason I didn't take more pics. I set them up with a brooder in the coop. Babies were all under the light with mom huddling over them.

    I'm over for some starter now.
     

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