Originally Posted by Chaos18
Morning folks. Will be updating the HAL list so let me know any updates you might have.
What is the HAL list???
So it is day 17 for me on most of my eggs. (Day 14 for the silkies). Last night I candled and pulled 9 clears, left 4 maybes from the 17 day eggs. Pulled 11 clears and 1 blood ring from the silkies. So here is my list for lock down starting tomorrow:
7 Welsummer (of which 3 are in my questionable pile on the side of the bator...) Those are hard to candle!
5 Oliver Egger from Whitmore Farms
12 Olive Egger from Richmond area (1 of which is in my questionable pile)
5 white silkies from Ebay (Cracked egg with the wax is holding on and still alive!!)
I took all the ones I pulled and although it kind of grosses me out I cracked each one to check if I made the right call. Luckily they were all clear and one silkie had stopped developing. (Thought I saw a blood ring, so it was good to confirm.) My biggest fear is cracking open one to a viable chick! I figured I would never know if I was doing it right if I didn't check.
On a side note, took the 1 week old silkies for an outing since it was mid 80's. They were so afraid for the first 5 minutes or so until my daughter showed them ants. Oh my, did they have fun then! I left the 3 day old black silkies in the brooder and will wait a week before letting them explore. I was pleasantly surprised at how well they integrated yesterday when we brought them home. It was so cute to see them huddle under the week olds as if the older ones were their mom. LOL.
Here are the 7 one week olds outside.
Here are the 3 new babies we added last night.
I think the game plan will be to keep the silkies separate from the other chicks as they hatch. I will add any white silkies that hatch into my silkie brooder and leave the other ones in a separate pen. I have to build a small silkie pen next to my coop for the silkies in the next week or two.