Originally Posted by weegarden
Update: I set 10 eggs, and was waiting for my special silkie to hatch! It finally hatched!!!! And I am in love!
It doesn't look at all like I thought. The mom is best of show blue, and just beautiful!!!! The dad is actually a white silkie that when mixed with my splash, has produced a beautiful blue silkie baby, so I assumed that it was either black or blue underneath. BUT, this baby is actually chipmunk colored! It will be very interesting to see how it grows up. Would love to know where the chipmunk came from. It is an absolute fluff ball!!!! Anyway, I am thrilled to finally have a baby from her. She is older, and I have not gotten a fertile egg from her in over 2 1/2 years!!!! So, this one is very special!
Hatch progress: 1 gorgeous silkie, and 4 rocks. 2 blue silkies from my other parents still in the bator internally pipped. And, I had 1 silkie and 2 rocks die after lockdown.
I'm not sure why I am losing babies after lockdown. There seem to be a couple each time. I did notice that my temp dropped right after I added water at lockdown (added nice warm water.) Would that have killed them? It did drop to around 95 for what seemed like overnight, but I wouldn't think that would kill them.
Eggtopsy: no internal pips on any of the three. Membranes seemed fine. Yolk sac almost completely absorbed on one, and more yolk sac showing on the others. The silkie did have a vaulted skull. Everything looked fine otherwise.
I did accidentally pull a chunk of shell off of one that is still alive, but luckily felt it move immediately (I always go in slowly, just in case) Grabbed a chunk of shell from another egg, and put it on, to cover the hole after moistening the membrane, and put it back in the incubator. So patiently waiting for those last two to hatch.