Good morning friends
Hey devinandfeather, loved the video of your geese, so beautiful and healthy looking.
appps I am sorry to read of your dramas with the little one and it’s cord but pleased to also read that it is OK.
Then the follow up dramas with Penny not accepting them
Your little ones are adorable!
I have been following a thread [only recently started] about little Joey who is a brat! It is kinda cute:
Well done on the emergency brooder!
Fancy I do love that pic of LG and always smile at just how unimpressed he looks!
Anniebee with purchased fertile eggs, I believe the usual cut off point for giving them to a broody is around the 10 day mark. I ordered a batch of fertile eggs from someone who I later learned had never posted eggs before and with an additional delay in postal delivery some of the ones sent to me were laid 14-16 days previous and I did not take the risk and they were not given to my broody.
Having said that, I have read stories of people keeping fertile eggs in the fridge for a month, giving them to their broody and having them hatch .
It is not always the age of the egg and can sometimes be a dirty egg causing bacteria.
I am lucky enough to not have experienced an exploding egg (touch wood) but not only would they not smell the best and make a mess of the nest, broody, incubator etc; I believe that the remaining eggs are at risk of becoming infected from being covered in the bacterial ooze and/or suffocated.
locknest4 having had a broody raise chicks, I have not experienced having to get them to go into the coop at night but I have with older, purchased pullets and I have found that after a couple of nights of herding them into the coop or waiting until they settle and then putting them in the coop, they work it out.
Is there a ramp into the coop? With my chicks they have no dramas working out how to get down the ramp of a morning but cannot seem to grasp how to get back up it at night so while they definitely want to get in the coop, cannot work out how Again, after some help from me, they work it out in a few days.
Edited by satay - 10/10/15 at 2:32pm