Breeders of True, Rare & Ornamental Purebred Bantams, - Belle Bantams UK
  iHatch App
 
  Why not download the iHatch Chicks App from us here today for your iPhone or Android and get an insight to your Chicks development and Notify your friends through Facebook and Twitter too!
As well as the developmental stages below you are given Incubation help and advise on when to Candle your Hatching Eggs and can see visual development. You can slide through the App with ease and keep a Hatching Diary and Hatch Results.
 
Simply follow these links to get your iHatch Chicks App
 
 
 
 
  
 
Day 1
Day 1
Life has begun! Cell development starts at the layer of cells found on the upper side of the yolk
Day 2
Day 2
Today, the construction of heart and blood vessels has started, together with the development of some muscle tissue. The eyes and ears are already differentiated at this early stage!
Day 3
Day 3
Today, your chick’s development continues with the first appearance of the spinal column! Blood vessels now become more defined and tiny limb buds begin to form!
Day 4
Day 4
The chick’s tiny heart has started to beat for the first time!
Day 5
Day 5
Today the embryo starts to look more like a chicken; the eyes are now visible and it has a chicken-like shape. Don’t forget to tell your friends. Its just over two weeks until your chicks hatch!
Day 6
Day 6
The legs and wings are now in development and the tiny digits of the chicks feet become differentiated. Development of the tongue and many of the chick’s large organs begins.
Day 7
Day 7
The blood vessels of the yolk membrane have grown and can now be seen when the egg is candled (swipe to the left for more info). All eggs are different, so not be disheartened if you cannot see anything yet. Check again on day 10.
Day 8
Day 8
At day 8, the head starts developing fast. The skull encases the brain and the neck grows longer. The legs and wings start to develop quickly too. The bird’s beak starts to grow and feather roots begin developing on the skin.
Day 9
Day 9
The chick has grown up fast and is getting visibly bigger every day. The eyes are easily visible and separation of the chicks toes happens today.
Day 10
Day 10
On day 10, you will notice that the air sac at the blunt end of the egg has been growing steadily. Similarly, the chicks body has developed more fully and the beginnings of feathers start to form.
Day 11
Day 11
By this stage the developing bird is very obviously a chick. You’ll also be able to see the tiny ‘egg tooth’ (used to chip through the shell at hatching time) developing on the beak. Only ten days to go! This is definitely a moment to share with your friends.
Day 12
Day 12
The down feathers begin to grow visibly from the feather follicles on the skin. The amniotic sac, in which the chick has been sat so far, now begins to disappear from view.
Day 13
Day 13
By day 13 the skeleton has begun to calcify and harden. Over the next few days the chick will rotate its position inside the egg so that its head is at the blunt end of the egg.
Day 14
Day 14
In one week your chicks will be hatching! Don’t forget to update your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Day 14 is also a good day to candle your eggs. Swipe to the left for more information
Day 15
Day 15
The feathers of the chick now begin to grow quickly. The chicks toenails also begin to grow. The veins appear reduced as the chick increases in size inside the egg.
Day 16
Day 16
By day 16, most of the remaining egg white has been absorbed The air sac at the blunt end of the egg is now sufficiently large. The scales on the legs and the toenails harden.
Day 17
Day 17
On day 17, despite appearing well developed and showing fluffy feathers, the chick is not ready to hatch. Significant changes will occur over the coming two days. The yolk is still large and will need to completely disappear before the chick leaves the egg.
Day 18
Day 18
On day 18, the remainder of the yolk begins to retract into the chick’s belly, ready to act as a source of food during the first few days after hatching. Everything the chick needs to survive its first few days is contained within the egg. The chick is growing stronger by the hour!
Day 19
Day 19
Chick’s position inside the shell is fixed with its head at the air sac and and its feet at the pointy end of the egg. The yolk is now very small and almost completely absorbed into the chick’s belly. Your chicks will begin hatching in 48 hours! Remember to update your friends using the social bar below.
Day 20
Day 20
The chick is now forcing its egg tooth into the air sac at the blunt end of the egg and then out through the outer shell. Until this point, the chick has been sourcing its oxygen through the porous shell of the egg. But when conventional breathing begins, this creates an increase in the carbon-dioxide levels inside the egg. This provides the stimulus for the chick to start piercing the shell (known as ‘pipping’). Look out for a tiny hole in the egg shell.
Day 21
Day 21
Hatching day is here! Congratulations! But have patience. Hatching doesn’t always run exactly to plan. Sometimes chicks can take longer than expected to emerge. As hatching continues the chick will turn itself inside the shell, in an anticlockwise direction, chipping away small pieces of shell with its egg tooth as it does so. It can take anything from 12 to 20 hours for the chick to break its way out, and it will rest frequently during this exhausting task.