How could I forget these?

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Things have been so busy here that I didn’t even get time to post about these little guys yesterday. Three or so weeks ago I popped 18 Ixworth and Naked Neck eggs in the incubator and on Friday 5 little chicks hatched. I think we have 3 Naked Necks

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and two Ixworths.

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Then on Saturday another chick hatched out. Unfortunately he seemed to have some yolk or his insides outside. I left him in the incubator but checked on him regular. He is vigorously bopping about and has started to eat a little egg yolk. Things seem a bit better and he seems to be pooing OK – maybe it is just yuk and stuff that is still attached to him.

I am hoping to move him in with the other chicks in the brooder today, but first he had a special job to do. There was one egg left that still had a live chick in but no sign of pipping. He was there to give encouragement with his peeps to the other chick.

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And this morning the last little chick hatched out.

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This is a valuable lesson to me …. the majority of chicks can hatch on a Friday but the stragglers might not come along for another 3 days. Hatching can’t be rushed!

the gang

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