Finally caught up!
Thanks! It still hurts, but is less severe (so obviously is NOT a fracture - probably some joint thing or bursitis or something irritating like that). Unfortunately I'm doing MASSIVE teaching right now (hours and hours each day), which is all on my feet. (I pace and point when I talk in the lecture hall - I've tried to stay still before, seems to be impossible!) But I'm trying to be good to rest it when I get home (not that helps in chore completion...)
I'm glad I'm not the only one - bald men are SO sexy. That alone made The Abyss my favorite movie for a while when it came out...
Chicks can perch on ANYTHING (at least mine can). But you should totally send that photo to them...
It's a Loo-zee-anna thing. Like I grew up on the corner of Henry Clay and Tchoupitoulas, or "Chop-a-tool-is":
Hey, I resemble that remark! This chicken math thing is really scary...
It has to be done on an average. Take all the eggs to get there weights and than get an average weight loss for the group. It's the same with air cells. You can't adjust for each individual egg without hurting the others. So you take the average for everybody. It's a "For the good of many at the expense of the few" kinda thing.
The problem with the average weight method is that there can be inter-egg differences that are significant. @Sally Sunshine mentioned differences between breeds, but it can even be different within a breed with different hens. All my malpositioned big wet chicks were from one pullet with rounded eggs that had very poor moisture loss (maybe 8%?) and small air cells. All the rest of the air cells (that were not from that pullet) looked great, had about 15 or 16% loss (except one, more rounded, DIS), hatched fine. The average was spot on target... I was so confused I thought the weights were messed up. I think they were fine, and the eggs were just really varied in their loss of moisture. Sally told me that "next time" if something like this happened, you can try to adjust the microenvironment around a group of eggs as needed (e.g., in a container with a wet sponge if they need more, or whatever)... Hope I won't have to use that advice...
Several of my Naked Neck girls are laying lovely deep pink eggs like that. It's been a DELIGHTFUL surprise.
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Please don't ever shut up. I learn from EVERY SINGLE THING you post! (Even when it DOESN'T apply to me at the time).
Oh, and you're, like, TOTALLY funny and nice, too.
What she said.
I was worried at first, but then he joked about pulling his hair out, so I realized he was joking.
@chicken hawk 33 you can't say things like that. I'm serious.
I'm at the end of Day 20. No pips. I'm trying to stay away from the incubator as much as possible, because we all know...
A watched egg never pips!!!!!
- Ant Farm