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Hatching Results for Serama Eggs

Poll Results: What sort of seramas do you own? (feel free to select as many as you want)

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 100% of voters (5)
    Smooth
  • 80% of voters (4)
    Frizzled
  • 20% of voters (1)
    Silkied
  • 20% of voters (1)
    Frizzled Silkied
  • 20% of voters (1)
    Malaysian
  • 20% of voters (1)
    Traditional
  • 40% of voters (2)
    American
  • 60% of voters (3)
    Pet Quality
  • 20% of voters (1)
    Show Quality
5 Total Votes  
post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hi Everyone,

 

I thought it might be interesting to see how well seramas hatch, especially after being shipped. I know that they're notorious for poor hatching rates, and I remember spending days poring over serama eggs and how to hatch them successfully. I was obsessed! I thought it would be cool to document our hatching experiences. This is highly variable and completely unreliable (lol), depending on fertility rates, how far they were shipped, how quickly they were shipped, weather, shipping & handling, forced-air/still-air... I could go on forever. 

 

This is mostly for fun, because our results would be so different, but might help out people in similar situations. If no one replies, I'll just be using this to keep track of my chicken incubating experiences :)

 

#Eggs: 14 smooth & frizzle mix

Price: $27 (a steal, IMO)

Shipped: Yes, Priority Mail (2-days)

Season/Weather: Summer (Early June)

Distance: North Carolina to Missouri (halfway across the US)

Arrival condition: 6/14 with detached air cells, otherwise in pristine condition

Incubator/Broody: Brinsea Mini Advance (forced-air)

Development: 7/14 developed

Hatch day: Day 19

Results: 4/14 hatched, all smooth feathered

Hatch Rate: 4/14 = 28% (I saw on another post that someone had gotten 27% with their shipped eggs)

Sex Ratio: 2 male, 2 female (50:50)

Notes: I put detached air cell eggs upright into incubator in egg cartons; hand turned all eggs until no detached air cell eggs remained, as none of them developed

 

 

Notes could be anything, such as blackouts, misting eggs with water, cooling times (I didn't do that)

 

Might be forgetting some details here.. anything else important to add?

post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by solomine View Post
 

#Eggs: 20 smooth & frizzle mix

Price: $27 a gift/not sure

Shipped: Yes, Priority Mail (2-days)

Season/Weather: Early April

Distance: Not sure

Arrival condition: All in good condition 

Incubator/Broody: Broody hens

Development: 17 started development

Hatch day: Day 19

Results: 11/20 hatched, 10 smooth feathered and 1 frizzle

Hatch Rate: 4/14 = 55%

Sex Ratio: 3 male, 8 female 

Notes: I used rather large silkies to brood the tiny serama eggs-none were damaged during incubation. I found this surprising as the silkies eggs were twice as big. I'm sold on silkies as broody hens.

 

 

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

That's an impressive hatch rate!! Maybe I'll use my silkie and silkie cross to hatch out a few of my eggs.. I think they're pretty dependable broodies thus far.

post #4 of 5
#Eggs: 9 smooth Malaysian
Price: $40 including shipping from eBay
Shipped: Yes, Priority Mail (2-days)
Season/Weather: Summer (mid June)
Distance: South Louisiana to West Tennessee
Arrival condition: 7/9 with detached air cells, no other problems
Incubator/Broody: Farm Innovator 4200 with circulated air and auto egg turner
Development: 8/9 developed
Hatch day: Day 20
Results: 4/9 hatched. Eggtopsy of unhatched, unpipped eggs revealed fully developed chicks with very small yolk sacs.
Hatch Rate: 4/9 = 44%
Sex Ratio: 2 male, 2 female (50:50)
Notes: I let the eggs rest upright for over 24 hours before putting them into the bator. I followed the dry hatch method.


I'm sure that home grown or local Serama eggs would have high hatch rates under a good broody. I let one of my broody Serama pullets keep 5 of her eggs and they all hatched.
post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by solomine View Post

That's an impressive hatch rate!! Maybe I'll use my silkie and silkie cross to hatch out a few of my eggs.. I think they're pretty dependable broodies thus far.

My silkie hens are great with chicks. I'm still marveling that such a big hen could brood, hatch, and raise something so small. The only problem was that the hen was protective to the extreme. I could not really handle the chicks safely until they were weaned.
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