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Hi everyone,

 

I’m new to BYC and I wanted to start a thread of my own. I’ve been cruising the forums for the past few weeks reading about everyone’s experiences. I live in an urban city (Long Beach, CA) and rooster’s aren’t allowed but after talking to the SPCA here, they notified me that if my neighbors are okay with them, they don’t mind.

 

About a month ago I came across a craigslist ad and someone was giving away free Serama roo’s so I decided to check them out. Long story short I came home with a trio. I purchased two laying pullets for $30 each from the same breeder. I’ve read about Traditional vs American and honestly I can care less. A nice bird is a nice bird and my boy and gals are nice birds in my eyes. Both gals have gone broody on me. In total they’ve laid 21 eggs but I didn’t want them to sit on too many so I only gave them 6 each. The first broody began to set on January 28th so she’s due in a little under a week (keeping my fingers crossed they’re all fertile). The second went broody a few days ago and she should be due on March 1st. I’ve never hatched bantams and don’t know what to expect. I’ve read that the fertility rate on Serama eggs are low and people usually help them hatch? Would I have to worry about humidity if the eggs are under a broody? It’s been very warm lately. I’m so excited for the new chickie babies. I just don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch.

 

I’ll post photos once I get a chance. 

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Originally Posted by Yert View Post
 

Hi everyone,

 

I’m new to BYC and I wanted to start a thread of my own. I’ve been cruising the forums for the past few weeks reading about everyone’s experiences. I live in an urban city (Long Beach, CA) and rooster’s aren’t allowed but after talking to the SPCA here, they notified me that if my neighbors are okay with them, they don’t mind.

 

About a month ago I came across a craigslist ad and someone was giving away free Serama roo’s so I decided to check them out. Long story short I came home with a trio. I purchased two laying pullets for $30 each from the same breeder. I’ve read about Traditional vs American and honestly I can care less. A nice bird is a nice bird and my boy and gals are nice birds in my eyes. Both gals have gone broody on me. In total they’ve laid 21 eggs but I didn’t want them to sit on too many so I only gave them 6 each A good number for serama.. The first broody began to set on January 28th so she’s due in a little under a week (keeping my fingers crossed they’re all fertile). The second went broody a few days ago and she should be due on March 1st. I’ve never hatched bantams and don’t know what to expect. I’ve read that the fertility rate on Serama eggs are low So far the fertility of my eggs is close to 100%; the problem is the death rate during incubation. 50 to 60% of my eggs have been dying during the first two weeks of incubation. and people usually help them hatch? I help only if an egg is crushed during the hatching process.Would I have to worry about humidity if the eggs are under a broody? No. It’s been very warm lately. I’m so excited for the new chickie babies. I just don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch. My serama hatch in 19 days. The hens care for their chicks for 3-4 weeks and then start a new clutch of eggs while still caring for the first chicks. I have a hen due to hatch new chicks on Tuesday; her previous chicks are now seven weeks old.  I am quite pleased with this clutch. Nine of ten eggs have made it past the two week mark.  It should be a great hatch this time. My hens lay between 6-10 eggs and then go broody. I only have a few birds so I can leave the eggs in the nest without worrying they'll get broken.  Below is a picture of the hen due to hatch with her last chicks. Interestingly my hens seem to use the same nest again and again. And a picture of my frizzle hen with her last chicks.

 

I’ll post photos once I get a chance. 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for the response. Your hens are beautiful and the chicks are awesome. I think I posted this in the wrong forum. I'll re-post in the chicken forums. 

 

Again thanks,

 

Yert

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