"Springing in the Chicks" 2016 April Hatch-a-Long Hosted by Mike & Sally - Page 699
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I realize I'm a bit late to the party, but I'd like to join in. I wasn't intending on brooding any time soon, but one of my clever little cochin hens managed to hide a nest from the pet sitter when I was away last week, and here we are. :-) She's the best broody I've ever had, and a fantastic mother. She's sitting on 8 eggs that will be bantam mixes from any of the following in that flock:
Brassy back Silchin
Mottled Japanese Bantam
Black Frizzle Cochin
So I have the chance of some pure silkies, but I'd put it as fairly low. Rickey (white silkie roo) is the alpha roo, but he's kind of, um, bad at mating. He falls off- a lot. And he's VERY fluffy and I haven't trimmed his vent feathers, so I'd put the chances at somewhat low. The most interesting of the crosses would be if I managed to get a frizzled japanese cross I think- that would be different!
Not sure when the eggs started incubation, somewhere between 2 and 5 days before I found them on 4/23. Will be candling and updating!
Oh my goodness WOMAN!!! you have some downs didntcha!! I pray the breathing is better and better with each day!! I know what it feels like not to breath well, it sucks, so sorry you go through that too! Have you tried to put insluation around your styros and then cut a box out to surround that? Or in a closet or even lower level where temps are more stable? good luck on the double
Thank you Sally feeling better but it is the season for allergies too. How did the air cells look to you? And what would you suggest as far as the two-3 day difference in dates that the eggs could have been set? According to my phone tomorrow night should be lockdown the incubator says we have seven days left(it will tick down to size tonight). I'm at a loss as to what to do. No I haven't tried to further insulate them I was worried about the possibility of losing air flow. Next hatch it will be placed in a more stable environment. Probably our side room or dining room. It's never had problems before so I don't entirely understand it. All the same I'm shocked to know I only have 2 and a half dozen or so hatching from the original 8 or so dozen I added. That's insane! And so disheartening. They were doing amazing but for the temp spikes and the infertile eggs. I just wanna be like at the incubator.
for lockdown tomorrow??? they look a bit small to me, a few look good. I think I am understanding tomo0rrow is the Monday you speak of?
VERY PRETTY TOO!!! GOOD LUCK!!!
@Sally Sunshine tagging you so you don't miss nanny pics! Ms. Roxie.
Mike, does she look bred to you? DH isn't convinced so I said I'd get some opinions. She's supposed to kid sometime in May. Her bag is empty but she's grumpy, hungry, and lays down a lot. That's proof enough for me!
THIS IMAGE IS HILARIOUS!!! So cute!! she looks like a donkey in it!!!
THATS AWESOME!!!! SO GLAD you got it now!!!!
They are Anconas. Looks like 2 blue and 2 black and a chocolate. Weird, because they were all from white eggs, the blue eggs are taking longer. I don't have photos yet, but I just checked on them and they had knocked the thermostat probe off the wall and were sitting on it with their wet down so it was 104 in the bator. It is still air so that's not too bad I guess. The