Originally Posted by nchvac
With these spring hatches, are you having to supplement lighting too for the winter eggs?
I have been using light all winter. My father is a computer programmer and wrote a program to run x10 controls to automate my iguana's terrarium. Since he already had the program written, I had him add a control for my chicken coop. The program makes it so a light turns on for however long it needs to have at least 13 hours of daylight. It is still running in the morning, so I guess we don't have 13 hours yet in Arizona. (So nice to be connected )
By the way, I thought of a way I may be able to supplement my losses from the last hatch. I had, maybe 1 1/2 weeks ago, picked up four naked neck pullets from a guy in Phoenix. I took a chance on them; he was selling for egg-eating behavior. After a day in a lock-down pen, I let them out at my house to wander the yard. Was afraid that they were still eating eggs until I found 2 days worth under the rosemary bush in my yard. Sold 3 of them, but I still have 6 eggs from the group. I had tested out the last pullet yesterday (haven't seen any eggs from her, but she went "broody" and adopted the 2 month old leghorn chick in the coop-SO CUTE). The egg I had left in the nest to test out my NN pullet was fertile. I did have the 6 remaining eggs in the fridge for a week, but people have successfully hatched out eggs from trader joes that are much older than these. Doesn't hurt anything to try. Also glad I chose the egg I did for the test-double yolker: wouldn't have hatched anyhow.
No hard feelings for your earlier comment. I am a moron, I'll admit it. (poor little chickies)
Anyone successfully treated a young chick with an injured leg? Think it's broken-the poor baby can't put any weight on it and ends up rolling over. This is what I found here on BYC-chicken sling.
Edited by generaldsherman - 3/20/16 at 2:02pm