Originally Posted by wingstone
Really bummed out, I had high hopes that the broodies would do better than me.
Here is where things stand.
I will not be having any extra Beltsville this season, out of the 12 eggs, I had 1 stinker, 2 no development, 2 yet to be determined, found 3 dead this morning, they looked like they were malformed and head funny looking heads...but I am happy to say I got 4 healthy looking Beltsville turkey, hopefully I can raise and breed from them...did I mention that they are hatching on day 24 also.
Out of the dozen budkeye, I do not hold much hope, 2 no development, 4 stinkies, the 6 remaining have not done anything yet...they should hatch today.
I wonder if the broodies are having trouble controlling their thermostats with this weird weather?
The incubator gave me 14 quail so far today, need lots more.
Dang!! Sorry you are having bad rates on your hatches... I feel your pain!
This last hatch is the worst we've ever had with broodies, between clears, blood rings and crushed eggs (from porous shells) we only ended up with 5 out of 24 (maybe 7 since 2 are still not hatched, but not holding out much hope)... and one of those which looked good was found dead in the nest this morning by DH, probably an accidental smothering.
Maybe it has been affected by the weather also, with so many early quitters and clears I would put some blame on temps and humidity fluctuations, that is for sure.
And I was really hoping for a 6-8 at least of the leghorns to hatch for my friend... now I will have to find another leghorn egg source to try another hatch.
I currently have 3 more broodies on a total of 24 eggs, day 10, so far their development numbers look a bit better... hopefully the eggs don't start failing in the second half of the brood!