Originally Posted by hendricks115
No matter how many times we do it, I'm still as excited as my 5 year old when chicks hatch! Today is the day! 2 hatched overnight and are dry and in the brooder and 17 more have pipped. Waiting anxiously for some sign from 12 more. Pictures to follow!
Originally Posted by AnneInTheBurbs
It did turn out to be a lovely day yesterday, today is proving to be the same! Shovel welding? You're doing metal now? Or did you mean weilding?
It's always a pleasure to watch the chickens. Yesterday someone made a comment to me that I may not have chickens one day. Yeah right!
Welcome to the party!
We want pics!
I would be so excited too!
So nice out today. It's very hard to sit in work here with the door open, I may run out before 2:00 p.m. It's going to be a sore night though, I worked out yesterday and I want to get out there and garden a plenty today and that involved throwing bags of soil.
well thank you Annie...as soon as i posted that i was like..duh...you all understand...admitting it is half the battle....
Going to be letting the girls out in the yard a little later, maybe the wind will die-down a bit...hey, at least it's not raining or snowing
Originally Posted by Auroradream26
5 out so far and 4 more pipped! Feeling good about this hatch. I'll put up good, cute pics once they're all out and fluffy
Originally Posted by chippysmom327
Guys, don't let anyone tell you that eggs over 10 days won't be viable. I set some 16 day old eggs that I didn't turn (I feel like the whole "turning hatching eggs" is a myth), and they're developing embryos. Just thought I'd post it for future reference.
will def. keep that little tid-bit in mind...when you first start hatching it is real easy to be overwhelmed with "don't do this".."only do that"...i think, like everything else, nature has a soft cushion, nothing is exact...if it was ..it wouldn't know how anything would survive..just my 2 cents.., sorry i stole that one from ya Stake
Originally Posted by SilkieSensation
A watched egg never pips 😛
A pregnant doe typically develops a roll of extra fur under her neck, which she then pulls out for her nest. I always watch for the neck roll. A first time momma develops it in the last week or so before birthing. A doe who has had a litter before will have a small roll until that last week, then it will get noticably bigger.
I'm over in Ohio, about 45 minutes from the PA border just off of 40. I get over around Wheeling on occasion.
I've set unturned eggs, a month old, that had been in the fridge the last week before going in the bator...and had over 50% hatch rate. Yep, they will still hatch.
A month old and they were in the fridge..woo, you broke ALL the rules right there....
Originally Posted by LisaYolkUm
I wonder how many of us will be cleaning out the coops this weekend? !
I just did............at least most of it............
I will be doing a bit more thorough version soon...........but for now...........the winter deep litter method is now in the compost pile!
taking my babies out for their first day on the grass and sun.............
I did put in a shovel of dirt and grass in their brooder so they could learn about it and get used to it!
now for the real deal.
I feel they cant be out really long because its not that warm.........and they are between 3-4 weeks so they still have the heat lamp.
I am thinking a short outdoor romp must be okay though!
mine will have to wait for awhile..there is just no-way i am going to be ably to handle that right now.....their coop isn't too bad anyway...i use sand and clean everyday...i is dusty though, and their supplies...bowls/waterer and such could use a good scrubbing & bleach bath...maybe tomorrow...might not have such a intense headache..here's to hoping