Galah Chick Hatching out of an Egg
      The pictures look a bit gory and messy but this is the reality of a successful Hatch. 
This first sequence took 65 minutes from External Chip to Final Hatch.

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R1 : External chipping
 just starting.
Chipping away nicely You can just see the Chick's wing  ^ + >

> it's a  paler yellow.

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Waving it's wing 
- "testing the air"!?
Now the Head is out 1/2 the body has wriggled free - You can see it's Egg Tooth on the tip of its beak Now it's trying to get back into the Shell !
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Compare the size of the chick
with the 1/2 shell to see how tightly the chick squashed in.

This looks "gunky" and messy
but it's a first dropping - 
& a healthy hatch > >
It also is to do with the egg sac, which is what keeps the chick nourished in the shell.

Immediately after hatching covered with bits of shell.

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Looking more like a "Chick"
- less than 15mins after hatch. Still covered in bits of shell!

P3 : This is a different Chick and looks more bloody than the the
< < first one .

P3:  Chick > healthy hatch. Showing veins inside shell.

Another healthy hatch - note the green dropping

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R2 : Pictures above and below show yet another healthy Galah Chick during it's hatching process
 - note the jagged edges on the eggshell made by the "Egg Tooth" during it's escape from the shell.

R2.hatching.jpg (52343 bytes) R2.galah.31.3.07.jpg (52315 bytes) R2.jst.hatched.jpg (47026 bytes) Remember once your chick has hatched - if you are hand-rearing do NOT offer it's first Feed for at least 8-12 hours, as it needs to absorb what's left of its egg-sac b4 you feed.  You can create problems if you feed too soon!

Don't forget : Increase humidity to maximum and reduce Temp  0.5deg  
(as Chick needs extra moisture to help it turn in shell but it also generates heat while trying to get out of shell).

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The white mark on the tip of the beak is called the "Egg Tooth." This helps the chick break out thru the shell.

A handy tip to help keep your
H-rearing Food warm. Use 2
plastic flask cups - 1" hot water in bigger one- sit smaller one, containing feed, into bigger one.
  • ** The Egg Tooth is a dorsal process on top of the beak, 

  • which aids hatching and disappears soon after hatching.

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