Originally Posted by fayediddles
Thank you for the info, I didn't know about the gene. I did candle them when I took them out of the turner and most had full chicks inside. I'll give them till Wednesday before I throw them out. I'm not sure I want to replace her now. If it's going to be this hard each time to hatch out chicks.
In one of my hatches last year I bought chickens from a local gal who has pure Black Japanese Bantams and she included a couple eggs just for fun. I wasn't sure I'd get one of them to hatch because of the gene, but surprisingly they both hatched. Of course they both ended up being girls, the one time I would have liked to have an extra roo....lol
Usually, if everything is optimal you can get a good hatch, but they do have a higher mortality rate prior to hatch because of the gene even if you did everything right. There's lots of articles and info out there if you want to know more about it. It's called the creeper gene and it's the gene associated with the shortened legs. If they get two copies of the gene it's fatal. 1/4 are expected to get two copiesand perish, 1/2 are expected to hatch with the typical shortened legs and 1/4 possibly have longer than normal bantam legs.