- Sonic screwdrivers are cool!
When a pullet gets close to laying their comb and wattles turn bright red.
Right before heading out the door for work I moved the last littles out of icu into the brooder w/ the rest. They are delayed compared to the others but spunky in their own right, and little fighters for sure. I didn't think a couple would make it for sure (they still aren't out of the woods though). They spent almost 2 days in shoes, hobbles, and cup brace. The last 12 -18 hours were hard they were well enough not to want to be in the brace, but not strong enough to leave. Gary is on nursing duties today so ...................
This incubation I put water in the bator every 2 -3 days (keeping it full ) and put the incubator itself in a pan of water. The eggs usually hatch one day early, but this time they hatched right on day 21, still had shrink wrapping. I had 5 eggs that were dead before hatch (late quitters) I didn't open those. One was dead after pipping shrink wrapped, one hatched on it's own, 5 had serious enough hatch issues to go into icu, 1 died in icu, 4 left icu to the booder and 9 had no hatch issues and went straight to the brooder (when I say no hatch issues I mean other then being shrink wrapped and having to be "birthed")
So right now I have 9+4=13 chicks. 3 are feather necked, one is scaleless, a couple are fm but nothing outstanding w/ the fm, two of the NN I think have pea combs and have the pea comb/nn feathering pattern (Beautimous is one)
some people who live near me have a broody but don't want more chicks. I yesterday gave them 11 eggs, 7 Nn pullet/araucana cockerel, 3 bcm and 3 araucana pullets/bcm cockerel.
@Kev will I be able to recognize true bcm from the crosses? these are the araucana pullets
if bc is dominant and the girls are black and blue should all the chicks look like bcm? will they have different combs at least?
btw, I have just lost my beautiful kleopatra. rip
Everyone is still living and seems to be doing well, barely discernable from the easier hatch chicks.