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Chickam 2010. Chickens are hatching right now! Related SomethingAwful thread with chick names listed.
posted by chiababe (37 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Jeez. Hatching is hard work.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:40 PM on February 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


I was expecting something much different from that Something Awful link and was pleasantly surprised.
posted by jessamyn at 12:42 PM on February 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


I remember when I was a kid my mom took some viable chicken eggs home from her work at a bio lab. They actually hatched, but even though we thought we did everything necessary to keep them alive, they all died within a few days. It was really sad. :(
posted by kmz at 12:43 PM on February 25, 2010


Astro Zombie: "Jeez. Hatching is hard work."

You really find yourself rooting for the young 'uns.
posted by Joe Beese at 12:43 PM on February 25, 2010


I'm rooting for the eggs.
posted by bondcliff at 12:48 PM on February 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm calling the one on the far left, "Picatta."
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:51 PM on February 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


There's really nothing cooler than when a chick imprints on you and thinks you're its mama and then clucks with glee for the rest of its life when it sees you appear.
posted by mudpuppie at 12:54 PM on February 25, 2010 [4 favorites]


It's at times like this that I envy chicken sexers.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:55 PM on February 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't know what the hell that meant.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:55 PM on February 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


The chat on there is like the reverse of the ripper irc-log. "Duuuude, no little dude, get up!!".

The drama everytime the big-kid chickens go over to the little one is excruciating. "No, bad chicken, run away little dude!".
posted by Iteki at 1:01 PM on February 25, 2010


My favorite part of chickens hatching is when they lay around to wait for their little feathers to get fluffy.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 1:03 PM on February 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


Eggs! Eggs! Eggs!
posted by Pollomacho at 1:09 PM on February 25, 2010


There's really nothing cooler than when a chick imprints on you and thinks you're its mama and then clucks with glee for the rest of its life when it sees you appear.


Wow. Does that really happen?
posted by Senor Cardgage at 1:27 PM on February 25, 2010


"Don't be surprised or alarmed if your chick follows you constantly when allowed out of its brooder. Chicks "imprint," often considering the first large object they see to be their mother."

from eHow.

My response: awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
posted by Senor Cardgage at 1:29 PM on February 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Thank you! This makes my sick day that much better.
posted by fiercecupcake at 1:31 PM on February 25, 2010


Wow. Does that really happen?

Had it happen with a goose, the summer I went to live with my grandmother in Hope Mills, NC. Grandpa took us to the feed store and there was a pen of freshly hatched ducks and geese, buck and a quarter each.

I got a goose, my little brother got a duck. All summer, every time I went to the back yard, the goose would run up from the lake, flapping its wings and hooting. Scared the hell out of my mother when she came to pick us up at the end of the summer - geese are not small birds when full-grown.
posted by Pragmatica at 1:37 PM on February 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


At first I thought this was going to have something to do with all my friends... on my friends list... on Stickam. Rock on... peace out.
posted by fiercecupcake at 1:40 PM on February 25, 2010


Hot cam chicks want to talk to you!
posted by dammitjim at 1:52 PM on February 25, 2010 [6 favorites]


The neatest thing is the use of a water wiggler to keep track of the incubator temp as it is inside the eggs vs air temp. That, plus the hatching eggs just bounce off of the toy instead of a metal probe. That's a brilliant idea.
posted by jamaro at 1:53 PM on February 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Every year at the Michigan State Fair the Michigan State University veterinary school has a "Miracle of Life" display. It is stocked with various farm animals about to give birth. One of the exhibits is an incubator full of eggs, much like this one. It is soooo cute to watch the expressions on the faces (and hear the exclamations) of little local kids, who've probably never been to a farm, as they watch the little chicks emerge. I was present once during the birth of a calf and even the adults were oohing and exclaiming then. (The Miracle of Life can be messy - who knew cows spewed so much afterbirth, and so projectile-y.)
posted by Oriole Adams at 1:56 PM on February 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wow. Does that really happen?

Absolutely. It gets slightly less cute when your hen reaches puberty and decides that not only are you her mama, you're also her rooster, so in addition to the glee-cluck she also squats at your feet and sticks her butt up in the air any time you get within two feet of her.

I mean, it's still kind of cute in a wow-aren't-chickens-weird kind of way, but it's embarrassing to have to explain to others.
posted by mudpuppie at 2:00 PM on February 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


in addition to the glee-cluck she also squats at your feet and sticks her butt up in the air any time you get within two feet of her.

Yeah, but if you scratch her on her neck and she shakes, fluffs up her feathers, and walks off in a satisfied manner that only a hen can truly pull off.

My wife and I refer to this activity as "having sex with the chickens."
posted by stet at 2:18 PM on February 25, 2010 [5 favorites]


Also, it's a pain when you're trying to walk across the yard and have to spend the whole trip trying not to step on lusty chickens.
posted by stet at 2:19 PM on February 25, 2010 [4 favorites]


Yeah, but if you scratch her on her neck and she shakes, fluffs up her feathers, and walks off in a satisfied manner that only a hen can truly pull off.

I wasn't going to admit to that part.
posted by mudpuppie at 2:28 PM on February 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


I AM OF THE OPINION THAT BABY BIRDS BELONG IN MY POCKETS SO THAT I CAN PULL THEM OUT LIKE GUNS AND GO "PEW PEW PEW".

THAT IS ALL.

posted by quin at 2:45 PM on February 25, 2010 [10 favorites]


I also love the fact that someone named #60 after me.
posted by quin at 2:48 PM on February 25, 2010


What a weird first day. I'm glad I don't remember being born.
posted by invitapriore at 3:23 PM on February 25, 2010


When is a chicken's birthday? When it's laid, or when it hatches?
posted by applemeat at 3:43 PM on February 25, 2010


Nevermind, I know the answer.
posted by applemeat at 3:49 PM on February 25, 2010


I wish I got laid on my birthday :/
posted by june made him a gemini at 3:49 PM on February 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Aw yay.

One of my earliest memories is sitting in my cubby in kindergarden (I had the one nearest the window since I was at the end of the alphabet) with a little baby chick cupped in my hands. Apparently some farm down the street used to give a few to the school so we could watch them hatch and play with them for a bit until they were ready to go back to the farm.
posted by sperose at 3:51 PM on February 25, 2010


That's so strange, I have chickens hatching in my incubator as I type. 20 have come out so far, another 2 are 'zipping' their way out, and another has just pipped!
posted by Lizc at 4:19 PM on February 25, 2010


Heh. My hens used to squat down and stamp their feet before sticking their butts up. Like, "I want it, and I want it now!" They were well-endowed girls and you could feel the ground thudding through your shoes. Then they did the hilarious "post-coital" shake'n'fluff before strutting off regally.

Hubby was really good at scratching the right places, because they used to run over to him and stamp emphatically, whereas I got a take-it-or-leave-it saunter. Their obvious preference for Hubby inspired many tasteless cock jokes which I won't repeat (really, you had to be there).

Little ingrates. Who fed them? Who watered them? Who cleaned their damn coop of poop? And the moment a pair of twinkling blue eyes comes along they stick their butts up at him. Bah. Never trust a chicken.
posted by Quietgal at 5:27 PM on February 25, 2010 [9 favorites]


Bah. Never trust a chicken.

Werner Herzog agrees, severely:

"Look into the eyes of a chicken and you will see real stupidity. It is a kind of bottomless stupidity, a fiendish stupidity. They are the most horrifying, cannibalistic and nightmarish creatures in the world."
posted by invitapriore at 6:09 PM on February 25, 2010 [5 favorites]


happy post thank you
posted by angrycat at 8:43 PM on February 25, 2010


mudpuppie: "There's really nothing cooler than when a chick imprints on you and thinks you're its mama and then clucks with glee for the rest of its life when it sees you appear."

Thank you for giving me the excuse for looking up the following adorable videos on YouTube:

Baby chick imprints on a finger

Baby duck imprints on a puppy

That is all awwww.
posted by Rhaomi at 5:25 PM on February 26, 2010


Just to say I have been glued to this for days, utterly addictive, and the total seems to be finishing up at 11 chicks happily hatched, and two that tried but didn't make it. Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim dude) tweeted it and for a while there were 16k visitors. For a different while there were 3k. Mostly though we been a couple hundred going awwww!
posted by Iteki at 1:33 PM on March 1, 2010


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