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{Animal Mad Scientistry} Peachicks!

3 of the 7 eggs hatched! Things were a little rough for a first time attempting to hatch peahen eggs (I ended up having to dip into my savings for a new printer to buy a larger incubator), but 3 peachicks is more than I honestly thought I would end up with despite all 7 making it pretty far into the process.

The first one to hatch was from one of Dalton’s eggs, is very light coloured (whites and almost a peach colour), and is named Syrax after the dragon ridden solely by Rhaenyra Targaryen from the histories of the book series A Song of Ice and Fire.

The second on to hatch was from one of Richmond’s eggs, was the first one to try flying out of the brooder, and is named Mad Mim after Mad Madam Mim, who turned into a dragon during a duel with Merlin, from The Sword in the Stone (just referred as Mad Mim right now because I don’t know if Mim is male or female).

The third and last to hatch was also from one of Richmond’s eggs, is a little bit weaker than the other two because it took longer to hatch, and is named Fin Fang Foom after the extraterrestrial dragon created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee for Marvel Comics (called Fin for short).

The make a teapot sound that gets louder and louder until I pick them up and put them under my chin (and on my cleavage). It cracks me up because that is not how the baby chickens act at all. Once they’re a few days old, they pretty much don’t want a whole lot to do with me. These little puffs are all wings, neck, and legs right now. I am so in love with them.

From what little information I have been able to find online and in books, there’s still a very good chance that these three won’t make it out of the brooder. Apparently, peachicks are very delicate and take a little more care than baby chickens. I guess it’s a good thing that my official last day as an employee of Colorado Parks and Wildlife was on Friday. I’ve got all the time in the world to be a helicopter mom to them while sending my resume off to job listings I’ll never hear from again.

{Animal Mad Scientistry} 15 Days on the Peahen Eggs

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Much to my continually growing panic, all 7 peahen eggs are still developing. I’ve got 3 from Richmond and 4 from Dalton. I’m just shocked. And I hope Tractor Supply has a cheap larger incubator I can move the eggs into 10 days from now to give them room to hatch.

Any peachicks that hatch from this first go will be named after dragons. I will teach them to attack when I say “dracarys”. This is why I’m going to be single for the rest of my life.

{Animal Mad Scientistry} And that’s a Wrap

Egg A is a little spoiled cheeto puff! It has been a little clingy, but now that the last two eggs have hatched I’m hoping they survive to give it some company. There’s only so long I can carry a baby chick in the cowl neck of my Andromeda Initiative hoodie.

Egg B hatched late last night and is a big chunk! Also, look at the colouring! I want my hair to be this colour! I’m not 100% sure where this egg came from. At first, I thought it definitely had to be from the Ronan/Lucien/Epiphany/Mazikeen group, but it is possibly from Memnoch/Ava’Dara. I am just in love with this colouring and I hope it carries over into the actual feathers.

Egg E hatched this morning with some help. This is Sparta’s egg. The chick was malpositioned, so I made sure that the chick had an easier time breaking out of the shell than it would have on its own. Right now, it’s still in the incubator with the umbilical cord still attached to it and the shell. I’m a little worried mushy chick might develop, but it’s waddling around like a drunk and chirping like crazy in the incubator just like all the other healthy chicks I’ve hatched.

I don’t have possible names yet for any of the chicks, except Irving from Sandman, but I’m really trying to convince myself I don’t have another rooster in this bunch. That’s all I need is 5 males again. I’ll wait to pick out possible names until the last two have stayed alive for a few days.

Once I can move Egg E to the brooder, I’m cleaning out the incubator and popping a few of these bad boys in there! I can’t believe how big peafowl eggs are! I’m very excited to find out if I can hatch any peachicks and what they’ll look like.

{Animal Mad Scientistry} All Over Again

Came home from the Day Job to one of the 6 eggs that went into lockdown this year chirping! This was a great relief as the first egg that should have hatched had died in the shell sometime at the beginning of it’s lockdown. Egg A not only had an internal pip by the time I got home, but also an external one. By around 11pm last night, the zipping process had started. At 3am this morning, Arya woke me up all excited because the little dude had popped out of the shell! That was possibly the quickest this I’ve ever had this process go. But I do have TBI, so that might not be true.

Unfortunately, Egg A has been the only one to hatch so far. I took a bunch of chicken feathers I had gathered up, rubber banded them together in a makeshift feather duster shape, and popped it and Egg A under the heater. Little dude has been sleeping soundly since being moved out of the incubator.

Fingers crossed these last 3 hatch. 1 of them is Sparta’s egg. I really want to get that one to hatch.

{Animal Mad Scientistry} Year 2, Day 22 & Final Results

The final egg hatched around 9:20 this morning & that makes my hatch rate 5/7 for this year. It’s pretty amazing to see how much the first 4 have grown in a week & a half. The final picture above is Memnoch & Mercury as newly hatched chicks & Nbr 5. There’s a lot of similarities right now, but things might change as Nbr 5 continues to grow.

I wasn’t sure how well the first 4 would take Nbr 5 being added to the brooder, but I waited until it was close to night so there would be less will to be ornery (even as chicks, chickens seem to have this Off Switch when it gets dark). So far, things are okay. They did do a fair amount of pecking at Nbr 5 but nothing hard or mean, more just like they were curious. Of course, things could be different tomorrow during the day but I’m hoping for the best.

Potential names for Nbr 5 are (m/f): Spider (after Spider Jerusalem)/Tetra (after my Grey Warden in Dragon Age: Origins).

Overall, this was a satisfying & stressful hatch. I was thinking of trying to hatch some more of my own flock’s eggs before I decided I was too tired from my life outside the Animal House to go through another 21+ days of this again. I think I’m done for this year.

{Animal Mad Scientistry} Year 2, Day 21

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Unfortunately, the Mystery Egg shrink wrapped & the chick ended up dying before it even made an internal pip. The good news is that Mercury’s egg has an external pip on day 21. Fingers crossed the little dude makes it all the way out.

{Animal Mad Scientistry} Year 2, Day 21/17

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Mercury’s egg continues to show signs of life & will go on lockdown tomorrow. The Mystery egg hasn’t hatched yet & the Ithakē egg definitely died some days ago & was starting to smell. Keeping my fingers crossed for these last two eggs.

{Animal Mad Scientistry} Year 2, Day 19/15

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The Mystery Egg. It still has movement in it; however, the air sac didn’t decrease as much as I would have liked it to in the past 4 days. There’s still hope for it, though.

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The Ithakē Egg. I believe this one to be dead inside the shell. There’s no movement & an odd air bubble floating around that shouldn’t be in there. It doesn’t smell yet, and that makes me wonder if I should just leave it in there to finish the 21 days or if I should bury tomorrow morning. Do I really want to wait for it to smell? This being only the third time I’ve done a hatch, I’m not really sure what I should do. If I leave it, it’s only until Saturday.

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Mercury’s Egg. There is still movement in this one, but the air sac hasn’t decreased at all. I fear that this one will go the way of the Ithakē Egg. It still has 6 days to go, though, so hopefully it won’t.

{Animal Mad Scientistry} Year 2, Day 23/16/12

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Around midnight, egg BPB1 hatched! Then, around 7:30 this morning, I saw that the last egg (AC1) was shrink wrapped. I helped enough for it to be able to kick out of the shell on its own, but it had the same umbilical cord deal as AC1 did yesterday. To make matters worse, our power went out about an hour after it hatched & didn’t come back on for 4-5 hours. I panicked, of course, & that made me plummet into Toddler Rage Mode quick. The power came back on just as I was packing up the brooder box & incubator to take over to my grandparents’ house. It did get some electrolytes in its system, but it’s mostly just sleeping right now. It didn’t bleed like AC1 when the umbilical cord thing detached. I’m really hoping it makes it through the night & starts to regain its strength tomorrow. It was the only Ayam Cemani out of the 3 that is totally black.

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Right now, I have a 100% hatch rate. If that continues with these last 3 staggered eggs, I’m not sure. I had to keep the humidity pretty high to get the first 4 to hatch & the air sacs in the last 3 eggs hasn’t lowered to an acceptable level right now. There’s still movement in them, so I figured I’d leave them in there until at least Day 23 just in case.

{Animal Mad Scientistry} Year 2, Day 22/15/11

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Egg AC2 was the second to externally pip but the first to hatch! It had a tiny hole it was breathing out of around 7:30am when I went out to take care of the adult flock & eat breakfast. When I came back in to check about 1.5hrs later, it had completely popped out. It isn’t completely black, but I’m not a serious breeder so I don’t mind. Egg AC1 hatched later that afternoon & still had the umbilical cord thing attached to the membrane/yolk. It ended up bleeding a little when it detached itself & is pretty weak right now. I left both in the incubator until this evening & then moved them into the brooder. They’re both just sleeping under the heater right now & I’m hoping it will perk up tomorrow.