We have successfully incubated Uncle Waldo and Abigail’s first set of eggs! Four goslings were set to hatch today, and they all made it out of the shell, although one needed a little help. One more will hatch in two days, we hope.
Two days ago I noticed when I candled their eggs that they had internally pipped into the air cell. Yesterday evening when I got home from work they had all started to externally pip through the shell:
The penciled-in cross shows where the air cell dipped down to:
This morning they had enlarged their pip holes quite a bit.
First one out!
It’s lonely being the first one out, so she cuddled around her sibling’s egg to take a nap while waiting:
They slowly worked their egg tooth around in a circle to create a hinge at the top of the blunt end of the egg:
One little head poking out of an egg:
The empty egg shell:
This little guy just wasn’t making much progress so we gingerly began to crack away little bits of the eggshell. I put him back in the incubator like this and he made the rest of the trip out by himself:
We made a video of one popping out of the shell:
Everyone is now snug in the brooder: