May 21, 2002
Hello, World! All Chicks Hatched
Today the 18th and final egg hatched. The HY2002 flock is complete!
Newly hatched chicks are weighed daily the first 7 days. That's how the biologists make sure they're not growing too fast, which results in their legs going out from under them. They can't survive if that happens. Dehydration is also a danger. In this photo the vet checks one-day-old Crane #18 for dehydration. The vet gently pinches the skin on the hock and then releases it. If the skin stays pinched, it is a sign that the chick needs more fluids. If the skin bounces back to its normal state, it means the chick's fluid levels are fine.
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