EMU Egg update!
I weighed the eggs last week and they have all lost about 15% of their original weight. I had to use a different scale though as I think the first one I used was rounding the weights up to the nearest 50grams which is throwing everything off. I was able to calculate what the original weight of the eggs most likely was using a formula I found online.
In any case, the eggs are rolling along nicely. Sure wish I could candle them, but I'm fairly certain I have viable eggs. When I turn them now I notice that they try to rotate back to the position they were previously in. Based on experience with my chicken eggs, I believe this is because the growing embryo inside weights the egg as it settles which causes it to want to stay in the same position. So, I have to prop them up a little bit to keep them from rolling back. I take this as a good sign that all is well and I have baby Emus in all of my eggs! (just a theory.. lol)
My younger son came in with some duck eggs a few days ago (we have three Rouen ducks, 1 drake and 2 hens) He asked if we could try and incubate the eggs so they are now in our spare incubator! Timing wise they won't hatch on Easter, but what the heck!
We had our chicken coop decimated the day after New Years. A dog got into the coop and gorged on our chickens. We lost all but two. Luckily the dog left the ducks alone and our beautiful Royal Palm turkey flew away to safety. It was a hard blow and the kids were super upset. So when my son asked to hatch a couple duck eggs, how could I say no??
On a sorta semi-sweet note, the night the dog killed our chickens I found one lone egg in the nesting boxes. I heated up the incubator and hatched the little sweetie. We are calling her "Legacy" in remembrance of our lost chickens. Not sure who her parents are, but she looks like our old EE roo and maybe the golden laced hen we had.
She's darn cute no matter what!
So that is the EMU egg update and a little more....
I am fairly certain that Legacy is a pullet. She just has that "look" Time will tell, but I'm grateful to have her no matter what.
I ordered baby chicks from my favorite hatchery and they will ship up to me in Alaska. I've been getting chicks from them for several years now with great results. The feed stores here don't normally sell chicks, sometimes, but usually with no variety. We had some beautiful Cochins, Lakenvelders, Spitzhaubens, Easter Eggers, and more. My favorite little hen, "Suzy" was a Speckled Sussex and she was the sweetest girl. Makes me so mad to think that a dumb dog, that some owner wasn't keeping under control, could kill such a nice little hen. Suzy used to follow me around the yard and beg for food. She even gardened with me pulling weeds and eating the bugs and frogs as we went along...lol, she really was something! I like my chickens, but I really liked little Suzy.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to the new shipment of chicks...and the Emus of course.
Well firstly I'm glad the emu eggs seems to be coming along well can't wait to see the chicks as I've been stopping myself from googling them so they will be the first emu chicks I've ever seen.
Now about your flock, I am so sorry that happened to you that is just awful, our neighbors growing up had a German Shepherd that wiped out nearly all of our flock three times. She'd even get our cocker spaniel to tag team with her and corner the flock of they were out. Idk if you know the dog or not but our neighbor and the dog's owner was a large animal vet and he handed my father a box of rubber bullets and said she comes back shoot her BC he didn't want to have her start killing their flocks, and they were tired of having to replace our birds. Well you better believe when my Dad shot her in the butt with those rubber bullets as she ran away she got the idea and she never chased one of our chickens or anyone elses to my knowledge again.
I'm glad you guys found and hatched Legacy's egg, we need pictures please. I too hope Legacy is a pullet anorderat little chick has no clue how lucky it is, but all of us here do.
Lastly if its okay with you we are getting some speckled Sussex this spring on March 30th and if one fits the name I would like to name her Suzy in honor of your Suzy and maybe if I'm lucky I'll get a sweet little one like you had.
When is your order supposed to come? Mind if I ask what all you ordered?