Day 1 and 2 of Operation H.A.T.C.H

Hatching Awesome Tiny Chickens Here

So, yesterday the eggs arrived all  were given a number and placed on top of a turner inside the incubator.

The incubator is set at a constant 99.5 degrees at a 50% humidity rate. The turner rotates the eggs throughout the day so they do not settle on one side. If the eggs are not turned they will not hatch and if it stops turning the chicks will develop on one side and don’t grow properly. In nature the mother hen would do this for the eggs.There have been some cases where people hatch without turning, but we are turning.

All of the eggs may not have been laid on the same day but they should hatch within 24 hours of each other. When a fertilized egg is laid it needs warmth to grow. You can pause this process for a little bit and heat them all up around the same time so they develop at the same rate.

So whats going on inside the egg? Glad you asked.

First day
16 hours – first sign of resemblance to a chick embryo
18 hours – appearance of alimentary tract
20 hours – appearance of vertebral column
21 hours – beginning of nervous system
22 hours – beginning of head
24 hours – beginning of eye
Second day
25 hours – beginning of heart
35 hours – beginning of ear
42 hours – heart beats

Im sorry but you will just have to wait  to see what happens later


6 responses to Day 1 and 2 of Operation H.A.T.C.H

  1. leslie says:

    Where were the eggs laid? How were they kept warm during transport?

  2. Gabriella says:

    That is really cool! When is the next update for them? To bad i don’t work there! I would love to see them!!!! :):)

  3. Wendy says:

    How many eggs are there? Are the chickens going to have names? Are we going to count our chickens before they hatch?

  4. Jill says:

    42 eggs were brought to the museum that were laid by Kent’s chickens. I am going to do a blog about the parents of the chicks coming up. They are transported at room temperature in of course…egg cartons!
    Im going to do a lot more blogs in the coming 3 weeks that will answer all the questions you have. I promise pictures of the cute chicks.

  5. Larry says:

    Great job on the Acronym, the most important part of any project.

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