The developing embryo can be seen when the egg is held against a candling torch

The developing embryo can be seen when the egg is held against a candling torch

For Mandy, Neil, Prue and Felix, and for everyone else who’s been touched by Gretel’s story, I am enormously excited to report that Hero the rooster has lived up to his name and fertilised eight of Lily’s first nine eggs!!! They are progressing beautifully and are due to hatch in one week’s time.

The yellow section at the top is the air cell. The veins visible below it indicate an embryo is developing

The yellow section at the top is the air cell. The veins visible below it indicate an embryo is developing

I think I’ll be sitting by the hatcher all night next Sunday waiting anxiously to hear the first peeps of Lily’s very special chicks.

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