Here are some of my new chicks The last egg just hatched around 1am this morning. (Happy St Patrick's Day!) I have 2 more eggs (from a lav orp & an EE) but I couldn't see an internal pip last night, so I'll be tossing them later today.
25 eggs went into lockdown & 23 chicks hatched. - 92% Most of the eggs hatched Mon-Tues(day 20-21), so when an egg pipped on Wed afternoon, I was very surprised. Although I had eggs hatch on day 23 before, I've never had an egg hatch so late when compared to the group.
Black & Lav Orpingtons
Here are a few of the Apenzeller Spitzhauben
Unfortunately I did a poor job picking out the Biele eggs. My friend has a Biele roo with 4 Bieles & 4 Black sex Link hens. All 4 chicks I hatched are mixes. 4 more eggs were started later & should go into lockdown tomorrow. I couldn't pass up a few free eggs, so I set up a 2nd incubator. I hope that I did a better job selecting the Biele eggs with those.
The kids are very happy to have chicks again. It's so much fun to put your arm into the brooder & within seconds it's crawling with chicks. BTW- If anyone in the Chicago area (western burbs) wants chicks, pm me for prices. I have many purebred Orps & 6 Spitz. plus 1 Easter egger, 4 Biele mixes, & 1 mutt.
They are so cute especially the lavender.