On the evening of March 21, we put 25 eggs from our chickens
into an incubator.
After 21 days of 100 degree warmth, 45%-55% humidity, and constant, slo-o-o-o-w rocking back and forth,
the hatching began.
This was the first little guy to break out of his shell. It was hard work! Over the next 36 hours, 15 more babies made it into the world. They spent their first 8 hours or so in the incubator, resting, drying, and getting steady on their legs. Then they were moved to our brooder, which is really only a big cardboard box with a heat lamp. There they finished drying and began drinking water, eating chick feed, and making that sweet peeping sound. I love to just watch them, so fluffy and cute.
From shells, yolks, and whites to these fluffy chicks in 21 days. Nothing short of a miracle, I'd say.