Watch baby chicks hatching live!

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