Adelaide’s eggs – update

March 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

It’s still pretty horrendous here weatherwise, but we did manage to have a quick look in at Adelaide last night and again this morning. As of 8 am, we had two babies out – #2 and #10.

#10 was pipping last night when we looked, but with Adelaide in clamp-mode and the weather so crappy we didn’t make a particularly thorough examination. #2 appeared to be dry this morning, while #10 was still a bit wet, and the umbilicus hadn’t completely separated from the egg membrane. I don’t know if #2 was also pipping yesterday or if s/he is just a fast unzipper. Or if #10 took a particularly long time about hatching. We do often seem to lose the first one to pip, so I don’t know what that means, or if it’s just a thing. (I suppose it could be that the movements and sounds of the first to pip trigger a change in the hen’s behaviour, but that sometimes the change occurs too late to be as helpful as needed to that chick?)

The metservice are saying that the gales should ease by early afternoon, so with a bit of luck I’ll be able to have a bit more of a look in a couple of hours. If nothing else, I’d quite like to get a legring on #10, so I can try and keep track of the different Dorking chicks.

Will keep you posted.20140305-110609.jpg

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