Here is a step-by-step photo log of the development of my most recent hatch of chicks. These are White Orpingtons.
At day 21 in the incubator the egg has been "pipped": a small hole is pecked open. The chick is ready to come out.
The chick pecks a circle around the small end of the egg. That cap will then come off.
The chick struggles to emerge. His head is tucked down on the right top. His leg is outside the shell on the right bottom and a wing is outside the shell on the left. (I apologize for the blurriness)
I move them to the brooder to dry off and keep warm.
Dried, but not yet fluffed. Appears to be having a bad hair day!
Just a few hours later and this peep is fluffy. He is multi-colored now, but will be solid white when his feathers come in.
Five days old and feather development has begun.
At two weeks the feather development on the wing is impressive.
Development at three weeks. The wings are fully feathered, and thestomach and back are beginning to be feathered.
The face is changing from a "peep" to a chicken.
At 3 weeks the genders are differentiating. The hen is on the left and the rooster on the right with a redder, larger comb. (NOTE: this was not accurate--all became boys)
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