"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future! "
Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Here We Go. . . . . .

 I went out to check on the eggs this morning since it's the 21st, our anticipated "hatching" day, and guess what I found?
 
Look at the top two eggs. . . . .
  
See that little dark triangle looking thing?  
That's where the little guy/gal is trying to peck their way into the world
 
This one really wants to meet mommy! 

The sound of peeping and tapping should give you a day or a few hours warning that the hatching is about to begin, like seen in the pictures above. It is also the cue for the hen to get out of her brooding funk and start her mothering duties.

Before or after peeping will come pipping, (which is what ours are doing now) as the tapping of the chicks is finally successful enough to break a small hole in the shell. The hatching process has begun. The chick will work its way around the equator of the egg as it expands on that initial hole in a line from where it can eventually emerge. Unfortunately, since this all occurs underneath the hen, it may be very hard for us to see this process or to take pictures.  But don't worry...I am going to give it my best shot!


4 comments:

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is so exciting. Can't wait to meet them.

Melanie said...

Hoping all goes well! :)

Mrs. JP said...

Congratulations all around! You have worked so hard for this and deserve all the fuzzy babies you can get.

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

HOW EXCITING!