Originally Posted by Sahwithchicks
I made this today for my dad's birthday. What do you guys honestly think?
I really like it, but my husband was less than impressed.
Originally Posted by JoyfulPromise
Ok, so I candled my HAL eggs last night (it was day 7 for me). Out of the 57 eggs set, I pulled 13 clears, and 3 blood rings. One of the BCM looked questionable to me, but I left it in for now. So that leaves me with 41 eggs for now.
Bielefelders - 12 out of 12 fertile (as far as I could tell)
Jubilee Orps - 9 out of 13 fertile
Swedish Flower Hens - 4 out of 8 fertile
Wheaten Ameraucanas - 5 out of 5 fertile, but 2 blood rings
Wheaten AM x Polish - 3 out of 3 fertile, but 1 blood ring
Blue/Black FCM - 6 out of 6 fertile, with 1 questionable
Silkies - 5 of 5 fertile
Buff Orps - 0 of 5 fertile (my Buffs had a slow start this Spring, but fertility is looking better for the next batch I put in this week)
My first tray that is due to hatch next week is looking good - only pulled one clear and one blood ring on the BCM's that I wasn't sure on last time. 39 eggs moving towards Lockdown on Tuesday!! Can't wait!!! This batch includes 8 of my own SBELs - Wheaten AM x White Leghorn!
Best of luck!
Originally Posted by Susieq2015
Just got 18 out of 20 hatched, now I can unstack my HAL eggs. 15 are pictured, 3 are still wet in the bator. 13 of these already went to their new home! (Including the one in the single pic). There's one more pipped & no sign from the last egg, a BCM. These are all from my own flock various prod hens that lay brown, white, blue/green and dark brown, all by EE roosters. Possibility of the Legbar roo as well. This batch has a lot of black ones in it...
Beautiful chicks! I love their colors!
Originally Posted by fisherlady
I joined a while back pending broody hen cooperation, no hen parked during the right time frame so I'm not participating for numbers...but go figure, today a hen decided to set, lol...
They'll do that won't they. Always on their own time.
Keep following along. We'd love to hear her progress.
Originally Posted by Cynthia12
I have a pip in the right place! Bantam Barred Rock cochins..and I looked closer .. and in the morning instead of late night at the other..it isn't a pip at the wrong end. Yes, I laugh at myself...more and more the older I get.
Well, I'm glad the egg is okay.
Sometimes you can check something ten times and realize on the eleventh you've had it wrong the whole time. I don't think it comes with age, I think it has something to do with being human.
Originally Posted by Grub Digger
If you can break an egg open in a ziploc bag, very carefully, maybe the blastodisc wouldn't have disintegrated?
Yes, I always break eggs into a plastic bag. I do it around hatching time when I think an egg is dead but am not sure, so I open them carefully to see that there is no live chick and then throw it out if not or put it back in the incubator with no harm done if it is alive.
Originally Posted by Razadia
I was planning to take Marble to the swap tomorrow, but she's got huge bald spot around her vent. She's the only one that looks like that. I've checked her over for mites and lice. There's nothing there that explains what the heck is going on! It's driving me insane! I don't want to treat them all again. Oddball and Jewel had mites a while back, so I treated EVERYONE. I've checked everyone else- nothing. Marble is the only one missing feathers.
Any ideas on what's going on? I really want to get rid of this hen. I can't stand her. But I'm not willing to make whatever is going on someone else's problem.
You've gotten some great answers, but just thought I would add that some animals can be allergic to certain times of pine or cedar beddings. Its deadly for small rodents, pet invertebrates, and is dangerous for reptiles and small birds. It could be bad for hens too in some cases.
Originally Posted by hershy5252
I'm in , 10 eggs set
Originally Posted by blkjak
Removed my clears last night. Left 3 question mark eggs but I am pretty sure they will be taken out in 3 days. Down to 36 developing and 3 iffy eggs.
Even though its no fun to have clears, its always nice to know you've got all those removed that could rot. I enjoy knowing all the eggs in my incubator are healthy.
Originally Posted by Cynthia12
I bought two chicks this yr. One did fine, the other had a small problem for about a week. Doing great now. :)
Yeah, some breeds and some individuals are more prone to dirty back-ends. It can depend on feathering, shape, diet, health, parasites, egg laying, ect. Some hens that lay a lot of eggs can get messy as they age and may begin to lay shelless eggs at times, and since Leghorns lay so much and are prone to developing egg laying issues they may get dirtier with age.
Originally Posted by KDOGG331
Went to TSC today finally and saw the chicks and there were a LOT of reds (well only one bin actually labeled "rhode island red", one labeled bantams but empty and one jersey giant bin, the rest were labeled "pullets" supposedly assorted breeds but looked entirely reds to me) and anyway, all in large metal feed troughs, ALL heat lamp clamped to side. Babies crammed like sardines in there. Felt sorry for them. But of course MHP is too expensive and takes up too much room to be efficient for those babies, got 6 feed troughs in a gated area. Felt so bad though.
I know, I always love to take little chicks home and give them a wonderful new brooder and a warm heat-light and clean bedding. I wish I could take them all.
Originally Posted by misfit acres
Is it necessary to candle all the eggs?
Not really, but there is the risk of eggs exploding if they are left in and rot. I generally candle eggs around day 7 and again just before lock-down.
Originally Posted by Cynthia12
I only got 5 babies from my bantam eggs. I helped them all once one had made a zip only a fourth of a way after 10 hrs. of working on it. Had stopped chirping as much. Boy, it popped out like . . whew! Finally. Up and at em right away.
So, thought I best check the others. 4 not moving..sure enough dead..bad bad air cells, but everything absorbed... :/ .. the others were alive, and all but one popped up right away, they had absorbed everything! If I hadn't helped..pretty sure I would have lost more. No pips in any other than the first one. Helped going into day 22.
I'm so sorry about the ones you lost. I had the same thing happen.
But I'm also so glad the others are doing well after being helped. I had to help a few who were upside-down in their shell recently and two of my survivors are out tucked under broody hens and doing wonderfully (after they had strengthened up).
Originally Posted by Dubrovnik
I'm down to 12 Easter Hatchalong eggs after disposing of my Safeway Rock Island brown eggs that got baked by a heat surge. My twelve remaining candled eggs have some spiders at day six, though!
They are Nutrifresh Trader Joe eggs, probably with White Leghorns inside.
Never put the LG thermometer probe on room temp eggs, is the lesson I have learned.
I'm sorry to hear that. I hope all the rest of your eggs hatch well.