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Watch baby chicks hatching live!


Our baby chicks have gone home to be with their families. We thank everyone who came in to see them, and who watched them at home while they were with us.

Fun Facts

  • Baby chicks stay in the incubator for 24 hours after they hatch; during these 24 hours, the chick fluffs out, develops some strength, and begins to move around
  • Chicks can go without food and water for 72 hours after hatching because they absorb the yolk, which is their first source of nutrition
  • A baby chick cannot maintain its own body temperature without an external source of heat, an incubator must be kept at a steady, controlled temperature of 99.5 degrees
  • The average time for eggs to hatch is 21 days, or 3 weeks
  • Chickens can lay up to 300 eggs per year
  • Chickens take "dust baths" in order to keep mites off their feathers
  • Since chickens don't have teeth they crush their food with tiny stones that they've swallowed
  • Chicken eggs come in various colors and sizes depending on what type of chicken laid the eggs