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Lloyd



Joined: 24 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 05 5:13 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Amazing biological fact: Chicks can "cheep" whilst still inside the egg!!.....I was advised to listen to eggs to hear the tapping as they try to emerge. This one was making tiny cheeping noises!.....How does that work then?...How can they have air in their lungs before hatching?....Are the shells gas permeable?

judith



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 05 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There is an air space inside the shell. The walls of the shell are permeable to air - which is why the air space gets bigger as the egg gets older, and why old eggs float when you put them in water.

If any of the eggs aren't cheeping by now, watch out. They might be exploders .

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 05 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

! I have a few which are not cheeping. I'll candle them tonight. Are exploders a problem?

judith



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 05 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It means that the contents have addled. The pressure builds up inside the egg and it is likely to explode at the slightest tap - spraying rotten egg over a surprisingly large area. Not what you want to happen when you have guests arriving in half an hour, which is what happened to me last year!

alison
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 05 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And boy does it stink

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 05 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Two hatched now, two, I think, to go. Barnevelder mums and Maranne dad. Black on top with white bellies, bless them!

Guest






PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 05 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What are you going to call them?

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 05 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My chix!

judith



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 05 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Any more hatched out?

Riverflow



Joined: 05 Jan 2005
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Location: Deepest Darkest Hampshire
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 05 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice one, Lloyd! Just make sure they can't get through the fence to the cat and dogs!

Pics would be good when they start running around!

As for names, how about Kiev, Korma, Roast and In-Black-Bean-Sauce?

Col

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 05 1:34 pm    Post subject: Chix pix Reply with quote    

Here's one, mate.

judith



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 05 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Great picture

moogie



Joined: 02 Feb 2005
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Location: Near Bridgend
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 05 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, thats a smashing pic! Are chickens colour blind? Or do they see the red as we do?

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