Well, I am not convinced I hatch better, especially with the bantam breeds... Last hatch, 9 in lock down, 4 hatched successfully, but one had edema (bubbles of fluid under the skin, exhaling fluids) and passed within 48 hours. A 5th was malpositioned attempted assist, didn't last over 24 hrs, never got out of the shell. Maybe I should just say no to bantams :(
DONT SAY NO!!!!! those are all freakish things!! try again !!
Out of 18, I now have 5 rocks, 6 beautiful blue silkies, 1 rock that is still pipped and not zipped (hurry up, I need my incubator.), and yep, I did have 1 die from rolling over wrong, and 5 that never pipped.
I'm confused about that. 3 of the 5 died earlier, maybe at lockdown, and maybe even earlier. (I know that could happen in a nest too.)
But, the last two are from the same rooster/hen combo, and they both looked fully developed, yolk sac drawn in, heads turned and ready to internally pip, but no internal pip. They did have big vaulted skulls, and looked really nice, but no internal pip. I wonder why. I had a couple from the same rooster/hen combo do that last time too.
did you loose too much weight and at draw down they couldnt turn? so sorry about them
5 turkey eggs in lockdown due tomorrow .. no signs of them joining us on Cinco De Mayo....First time hatching turkeys.. nervous...
Meanwhile my farm store order should be coming in today or tomorrow so waiting for a phone call and for signs of hatching from the incubator...
other two incubators are full one of duck/turkey due the 14th and one of chicken eggs due the 19th of course both of these hatches are on weekends when I am busy and away... going to have to get another incubator and set some eggs to hatch Memorial day LOL I don't think hubby would be happy if I bought another incubator or spent more money on eggs It can be my graduation present to myself
I THINK YOU NEED THAT GRADUATION GIFT! Lord knows you deserve it!!!
I tried to wait a couple more days to have a few more Silkie eggs to set but I couldn't do it! I just set 6 under my experimental incubator, the "Electric Hen". I have not done a full incubation with this incubator but I did start some eggs with it and finished them in another incubator because I needed the thermostat for my emu eggs. They all hatched, which is rare for my seramas so I am excited to try it with Silkie eggs.
It is a contact incubator, made to mimic a broody hen, so the eggs go under it rather than inside. I have a diy egg-o-meter that is at a steady temp just under 100 degrees.
I am at the opposite end of the house from the incubators. I have the brooder right next to the hatching chicks. First two chicks hatched earlier today, and are dry and fluffy. Since the hatcher is SO crowded, I pulled them out and put them in the brooder. One of those babies is screaming so loudly, I think people 2 houses over can hear it. I shine a light in the brooder, it calms down. Turn off the light, it screeches. Are little chicks afraid of the dark?
Or, is it hearing the 2 zippers in the next 'bator over, and it's encouraging? I have 11 pips, 2 zips and 2 chicks so far. I should have lots of fluffy babies in the morning!!!
I am glad your doing well this time around again!!!!!!!
olive egger part marans? GOOOOO BABIES!!!
As of right now I have 52 eggs cooking! 30 of them are due on mothers day!!!! The other 22 in 17-18 more days..... but maybe I have more babies to keep me busy. About ready to start moving the last group of 14 outside. Not sure how the girls are gonna like that. I'm starting intros tomorrow. Lol
I have a little oddity to show from the Easter Hatch along-
This is a little guy (?) that was supposed to be a Dark Brown Leghorn...there WAS a fence hopping Swedish Flower Hen rooster on the loose when this happened. The rooster is not crested and you wouldn't thing a DBL would have any propensity towards a crest, but if you look closely you can see a little white top hat. He is a cutie pie. He acts more like a Swede than a leghorn, i.e. not insane.
Its cute I have to say that!!! love that little crest, too bad its not a girly!!
GOOD LUCK Jess!!!!
Thank you so much ANNA!!!! replied!
you have a pip!!!! GOOOO BABIES!
awwwwwww by the time I quote these guys hatch!! lol