Coots are one of only three known species of birds that can recognize their own chicks, and the future isn’t rosy for chicks identified as belonging to a different bird. Drop in the bottom grate, next set the top grate in with the rails facing up. When swimming on the water surface, American coots exhibit a variety of interesting collective formations, including single-file lines, high density synchronized swimming and rotational dynamics, broad arcing formations, and sequential take-off dynamics. We started with 7 Ameraucana and 2 Rhode Island Red. Since 7 days is the maximum number of days that you want to hold eggs to be incubated. The Stats: The clowns of the bird world, on land pelicans are goofy looking with their large orange-red bills, waddle and over-sized feet. The chicks have learn how to use the roost bars and are trying to fly as best they can. During this one we had good development of the embryos in the eggs. The eggs set right on top and the cup formed a slight suction to hold them in place. Nests are usually well-hidden in dense stands of living or dead vegetation such as reeds, cattails, bulrushes, sedges and grasses. At night the temperatures are still in the low 80’s. Age: 10 years or more, the oldest being over 22 years. They are simply larger egg nests. With it being day 6 we needed to get the incubator going. Your email address will not be published. Wingspan: 23-28 inches The female does sound a bit different, but again, it’s hard to tell the difference among the wide variety of sounds a coot makes—a litany of grunts, squawks and croaks. We have not seen any problems with any of them and they all appear to be health. They are growing rapidly it seems. Even though this is more for after the chicks are born it has some good information in it. Somewhere around 6,000,000 coots inhabit wetlands and placid waters throughout North America, and it often seems like half of them are at McNary. Place an egg on top of the light and inspect it for blood vessels inside the eggs and growing embryo. This was mainly just for me since I understand Fahrenheit readings easier that Celsius. The picture below shows the bottom section with the upper tray and egg tray. They actually have toes, which fold back with each step to help them walk on dry land. They’re actually a member of the rail family. Since we know our Rooster is always doing what a rooster does we felt sure they were fertile eggs. Since I use Fahrenheit for all temperature readings I added an app. While doing our research the item that most people recommend to get with this incubator was a Mini Temperature/Humidity Meter. They have now been in the brooder for 14 days and are all doing fine. On the water, the coot propels itself with repeated forward and backward pumps of the head. Another good source we found was from Tractor Supply. The American coot is a highly gregarious species, particularly in the winter, when its flocks can number in the thousands. The 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 inch eggs hatch after 21-25 days (both parents do the incubation), and the young are ready to leave the nest in as little as six hours and be on their own in three to ten weeks. Any semblance of grace disappears on land and in the air, however. They continue to grow and put on feathers, which they have most of now. We did print this out to use as a reference guide once we got started. This worked great cause the eye piece cup was for 1-1/4 inch lenses. They don’t have birding clubs devoted to them. Day 10 – Second Candling of Eggs: At day 8 of the incubating and hatching process we set the temperature to 37.8 C ( 100.039 F ) and continued to run the incubator. We decided that they where old enough to be moved to the Coop and Run area. Although gregarious for much of the year, during the breeding season, which runs from April to July in North America, coots form monogamous pairs with fiercely defended territories. To even get airborne, the coot needs long running takeoffs. Hatching Eggs at Home : A 21-Day Guide for Baby Chicks. In many areas, farmers consider them pests. Place all the eggs back in the egg incubator for a few more days. Once done place all the eggs back into the egg tray and start the incubator back up. One interesting construction element is the addition of a 12-15 inch ramp that allows the parents to enter and exit without tearing the sides of the nests. On day 22 we had the last 3 hatch. Lock down is where you stop the rotation of the eggs and basically do not disturb the eggs until after hatching. The big day had arrived, if we had done everything right we would have eggs hatching today. If all has go well we should should have eggs hatch in 3 days. But it’s all those idiosyncrasies that make the coot such an enjoyable bird to watch. Length: 13-17 inches However, this doesn’t always work, and fighting is common, during which coots attack by striking with their bills and slashing with claws.