Originally Posted by chickendreams24 @mlm Mike
Incubator set 48
A couple clears from MPC some blood rings and early quitters as well as one or two late quitters. I incubated completely dry and ended up with big sticky chicks and jello-like eggs anyway. My conclusion is that maybe I have a cool spot that I don't know about. We had 16 hatch very well and When opening eggs for egg topsies we discovered one pipped chick, and two alive non-pipped(these two were very very vascular and very sticky- they gave up never having absorbed their veins) We were able to save the other six sticky pipped eggs and get them out of their eggs, after waiting for veins and such to absorb, including the one that had internally pipped but never externally. However two of the assists dies after 24 hours. One I believe had inhaled some of the goop and the other was unknown caused but I think had a herniated navel.
All in all we got 22 live chicks out of eggs but lost two so 20
Lovey set 4(we added an egg that was a day behind that we did not count in the totals) it was late and hatched last night under another of our broodies. Lovey's hatch went very very well. She did lose one egg. When we opened it we discovered it too was sticky and already dead. It spent no time in the incubator can anyone explain this? Lovey hatched out three wonderful healthy little chicks
A partridge silkie, a tiny black oegb, and a SLW/EE chick. Lovey was due to hatch 1-2 days before Mary Anne but Lovey was a day late and Mary Anne started a day early because of this Mary Anne hatched first.
Mary Anne set 4
She hatched out all four of her chicks and was an amazing Mommy for the first two days, then she statrted to peck her chicks and Lovey's chicks and even beat up Lovey. (Although DH2B did go out and find one of Mary Anne's chicks stone cold and not breathing outside the nest box the first day. He brought it in and put it in the incubator -still running BC of a couple of little ones needing care- and amazingly it revived. It took some time but she is doing great and 24 hours later went back outside.) She especially was aggressive with Lovey's little EE and with a cuckoo Marans that we bought actually picking up the Marans in her beak and throwing it. And then pecking her own chicks until they ran away crying and hid from her.
Idk what the catalyst was that set her off. These are my first broodies and idk what to make of this. Her aggression started with her own chicks and seemed to be centered around the feeder, I think. Worried about the chicks being injured, we decided to pull her and put Mary Anne back with the main flock. I'm still not sure the chicks are safe but I feel better knowing that Lovey doesn't do that. Mary Anne will be given another chance but if she continues this nonsense she will not be allowed to raise chicks again. I may still let her brood the eggs though.
Mary Anne hatched a white silkie and a silkie I can't decide on color, a SLW/buff orp mix, and what appears to be either a silkie/sebright mix and a silkie/isa brown mix I'm not sure.
They were joined day before yesterday by our feedstore chicks! We got 5 speckled sussex pullets, 5 St run white rocks, 2 cuckoo Marans pullets, 2 brown leghorn pullets, and 1 light Brahma pullet and I can't wait to see how everyone grows up. Sadly the hatchery shorted the feed store and we were not able to get the 2 salmon faverolles pullets that we wanted. We may get those in May with the next shipment.
So totals are 56 set/29 hatched -2 died at day old= 27
We also have two more broodies that don't count as totals but I thought everyone might like to hear about them too. Ginger is hatching today, she started last night. She is right on schedule today is day 21 for her.
Ginger has four eggs under her and already has at least one chick.
Monday our buff orp is due and should hopefully hatch all 8 of her surviving eggs.
I hope you all can help me guess some colors of some silkies I hatched please and thank you.
Also we bought a hatchery white silkie and I swear the little one is feathering in white with partridge spots. Is this possible? Should I notify the hatchery that it isn't white?