Hey NT, can't believe you got the ova easy!! That's awesome!! Brinsea's hold their value. I'm sure you won't have trouble selling the 40. I actually just started getting eggs from my first hatch, back in spring. Planning to set end of the week, as I've had people pre-order chicks...no inside brooding in winter for me!
Yeah, its very pretty...;-] I filled the water tray and set it running yesterday and today its RH was 83%...not good, then I realized there was a cover plate for the water tray that I had forgotten to put in place...lolz. So, with that done, we'll see what the RH is tomorrow.
Glad to hear you're setting too, that's great you are getting eggs. Where are you going to brood then, and how are you going to keep them warm?
Well, I can tell you, I am getting eggs right now from 2 different ages of my Gen1 pullets. Some are in the 59-61g range, and the rest are in the 53-56g range. The smaller eggs are, typically, 90% dark...whereas the larger are only 50% dark. Now understand, when I say dark I do not mean they meet the lightest of the BCM chart, but they are distinctly darker than the eggs I had been getting previously (from my red sexlinks).
Will you be selecting for the larger darker eggs eventually?
Yes, that is my goal, but at the same time I don't want the eggs to get too old. I figure I will take eggs from up to 10 days before the setting date. If I can get 100 darker eggs of decent size (at least 55g) in the 10 days, they will be my setting, otherwise I will make up the 100 with whatever else is laid. Tomorrow I take my 3 yr-olds to be processed, leaving me with nothing but my Gen1 pullets. So it will be interesting to see how many eggs are laid per day by them. I know I have at least 7 laying, and suspect there may be 21 or so.