I arrived in school as early as I could ( 7.25 to be precise!) to find that Dave had 3 other siblings and another on its way. Chick 5's beak was visible and in the time I went out to greet the children, he had appeared!! Wow!! Alł day we have waited and watched for chick number 6 to appear and despite a small crack, not much more has happened. Advice is not to open the incubator until all possible hatchlings have appeared but as it looked a little cramped we sought some egg- spert advice from the one and only Mr Hough ( who's field spans working for the RSPB and filming/ working with a range of birds across the globe) who said it was ok and probably a good idea to transport our little chicks to their new home. Oh my goodness, what lovely little chicks we have!!! If only we didn't have a staff meeting to attend, Miss G and I could have sat and cuddled them for hours!!!
So, lesson 1, the art of eating and drinking was taught- a dip of a little beak in water and then in chick crumbs and hey presto, independent feeders!!!!