Originally Posted by mlm Mike
Awesome! Such cute chicks!
I'm glad the sun came out! I'm glad you are getting the Spitzhauben eggs you don't remember ordering!
WORSE! The are Spitzhauben chicks!!!! I don't even have the fun of hatching them.
Originally Posted by cree57i
I use lime when it gets to that point. It can be very wet and humid in middle Tennessee. Put on a mask, get the chickens out, put the lime down, cover it up with something dry, like sand or rocks. It will take that terrible smell out and kill all your mold. Be very careful putting it down though. The ground will be more alkaline. Gardeners have used lime for centuries to "sweeten" the soil.
Prayers for the great state of Texas. It makes me remember our own terrible flood and the loss of lives.
Thank you SO MUCH for the tip. I bought Garden Lime yesterday. My husband put it in our run tonight for me.
Originally Posted by Sally Sunshine
awesome!!! cant wait to see the spitz? silvers??
interesting!!! thanks for this post!!
The Silver Spangle Spitz are coming in CHICK form. Apparently I had a moment of weekness after the dog attack and called to have my Brabanters replaced and "ordered" Spritz. I am sure they will be cute... They are ALL cute! Except my dino chicks; I will post pick shortly.
Also, should we post the moldy coop cleanup in the tips section? I know I needed that info this week. YUCK!
Originally Posted by wabbit1964
@Sally Sunshine Here is my updated update for the April Hatchalong
My April Hatch Statistics
Hatch #1 37 eggs at lockdown/33 hatched/27 survived first week
Hatch#2 had 21 friends eggs and 14 of my eggs.. temp issues throughout incubation of hers 2 hatched a day late. 1 made it to external pip and did not make it. 2 died after absorbing egg yolk and internal pipping before external pipping. The eggtopsies showed most quitters are at the end of the early beginning of middle stage. There were a that made it to lockdown and didn't make it until hatch time (had absorbed no yolk). I had trouble with the incubator with maintaining proper heat/ I suspect my humidity may have been too high as well. I started hatching in 2013 and have hatched every spring since and this is my worst hatch ever. I have 2 surviviors out of 35 eggs.
Hatch#3 lockdown 4/26 due 4/29 I am NOT using the incubator that I just used on my last hatch so maybe will have better luck like I did with hatch #1. This is my last chicken egg hatch unless I can get some somewhere, I do want to hatch some Olive Eggers this year at least but maybe I should take a break.
Congrats on Hatch 1, sweeties. Sorry about hatch number 2. The 2 babies you have are very beautiful. Good luck on Hatch 3. i am due ton 4/29 too so we can be together.
My "Ackward Dino Teenager Phase" Chicks from my first hatch 3 weeks ago. Yep... we will see what this turns out to be! They were NOT feeling like a photo shoot today. They are eating me out of house and home, they never clean up their room, and they act like I don't exist most of the time. Teenagers HUH!