Originally Posted by sharol
I eggtopsied the 3 eggs that remained (2 in the incubator and 1 under my broody). All 3 were dead. The two from the other broody had died a while ago and weren't well developed - maybe why she abandoned them. The one under my successful broody was fully formed, but the head was trapped under a wing and it couldn't pip. How sad -- the egg sack was completely absorbed. I hate to lose them that way.
Final tally 2 chicks from 10 pullet eggs. In January. With pullet broodies. I'll try to get a picture when it isn't too cold to have the door to the hoop coop open.
That isn't that bad especially for pullet broodies. It just takes a while for them to figure it all out sometimes. I have two hens that have been insisting on being broody for awhile now. I got tired of getting my hand pecked so I just left the eggs under them yesterday. I'm not sure if they'll hatch any thing but they need to get the broody out of their system.
Posted by zigzag45
Had a fun surprise, my babies arrived today. I didn't expect them for another day or two. Pretty amazing for Cackle to ship yesterday and I get a call at 7:30 this morning. All are in good shape, started eating and drinking right away - I was thrilled. I know the hatchery route isn't the favored route for alot of you but it is such a good fit for me this year. Super easy!
I bought one of those EcoGlow's for this batch. It uses a radiant heat so it never feels super hot under it. But, the babies seem to be doing well so I'm trying not to over think it.
I have both an open waterer and a pitcher with a nipple on the bottom. They are using both which makes me think I'll be able to get the standard waterer out in a few days. I really don't enjoy pulling wood chips and poo out of the drinkers.
Have fun with your chicks. Eco Glows are good but be careful cause I've heard several people talk about the legs breaking on them. I am totally sold on sweeter heaters and have several of them.
Originally Posted by lizzyGSR
The weather here in NW KS is bitterly cold. My ducks/geese usually don't mind the weather, but today they haven't even come out of their duck house. There are reports in the area of anywhere between 8 and 12 inches of snow, but I honestly have no idea how they measure that or even guess at a snow depth. It's been blowing around out there so bad that the visibility is pretty poor, even when it's NOT snowing.
I saw a post on FB from the local emergency manager, and thought it was sad, but funny. You know you're in KS when...:
Here's a quote from the local Emergency Manager FB page:
"Roads are bad and the high winds is making it impossible to get them cleared. With the slick road and high winds we are even having problems keeping road closedsigns in place. The city crew is working hard to clear the roads but only main roads are plowed and they are starting to drift shut again. Please do not travel unless it is essential."
I think it's a good day to stay inside! Stay warm everyone!
Edited to remove typo
Lizzy I laughed at that in spite of the misery implied. The keeping the road signs in place made me laugh because I was just outside trying to fasten a bin to a cart and it got away from me and took off like a flash. I decided it really wasn't that important to get done today. so I chased it down and put it up for now.
We got near an inch of rain last night but the cold and the wind came in today. It's so miserable out there. I'm glad I rushed through chores earlier. It's going to be an ice rink out there again, I'm afraid. But no snow yet. I think most of that is staying north of us. I hope!!! I have to feed and water cattle and chickens at my friends house starting tomorrow. It is going to be so miserable out there. It's not set up the best it could be with a long distance of hoses to clear and multiple places to feed and water. I only have to do it for a week or so. Sure wish the weather had been more cooperative though.
I did move a few chickens today. I put several cockerels in one pen. I caught myself wondering how soon I would have to have another butcher day. I was going to move some young pullets as well but heard a chicken sneeze in the pen I planned to move them to and want to make sure it wasn't a cold or anything. It can wait a couple days so I can be sure. Changing weather is really hard on these poor birds.