Originally Posted by draye
Here is the only Aloha Naked Neck I've got left. She is being set up with Mister Bo Spangles for some chicks.
I've gotten three or four eggs from these or some 4 from the Easter Hatch. So they shod all start laying pretty soon.
This hen is really cool looking, can't wait to see her chicks!
Things have been quiet here, I went out of town for 10 days, so I didn't want to hatch a bunch of chicks and have to leave them with a pet sitter. No hatching lately because of this.
Not that I even COULD have hatched - we have had our extreme heat really hold on longer than normal. It was 107-108 in mid-September, and then 106 just a couple of days ago. We've had temps closer to normal in-between (normal for this time of year is 100-102) but those super high temps cause infertility in the roosters. Back in July, I tried to hatch chicks for a local. I filled the two small 'bators with 42 eggs each (84 total) and only hatched 15 live chicks. Most of the eggs were blanks. Only about 30 were fertile and I had just a 50% hatch rate on those.
I felt like I was just wasting eggs with those results, considering how high eggs are selling in the store, so I've been helping my extended family by sharing all this summer's eggs with them.
Now our heat FINALLY broke - yesterday! We dipped "way down" to 99 degrees, after a week of 103-106. This is our first 10 day forecast with no 100's since - May?
So looks like maybe it will be time to start filling the incubators soon! I have had a lot of interest from locals for chicks, just not excited about starting things up again if I was going to get such horrible hatch rates. LOL.