Originally Posted by Fire Ant Farm
Interesting. My Aloha NN eggs didn't pip until day 22, and didn't finish hatching until the end of day 23 (I think one lingered into day 24). I thought it could have been that the incubator was about a degree lower than the reading, but maybe these hatch late?
Anyhow, don't give up!!!! I got 7, most on day 22-23.
- Ant Farm
Really strange, being as at home here, Alohas tend to hatch early and people who have bought eggs from me notice as well. I've learned to be ready for a hatch on Day 20.
Then again, HEChicken's aren't technically Alohas - which are small-ish - but Leghorn / NHR crosses. Still, if the size of the chick determines hatch size, you'd think the pure NHR would hatch second! Very strange. Hope it works out.
Along those same lines of odd hatching, I took two of my pure Sussex hens, and I penned them for 2 days and collected 3 eggs. The eggs were fertile and developed, yet did not hatch. I have no idea why! These are by far my BIGGEST hens. Over here, the itty bitty hens tend to pump out the most eggs, and they still reign supreme on hatch rates and fertility rates. Both the large (pure) Sussex hens had issues with egg hatch and now the (pure) Mille Buff Sussex rooster has had issues even bothering to mount hens, apparently, from the number of blank eggs in his harem.
More reasons to continue the Aloha project. As much as I totally *adore* my huge pure Sussex mixes, they are not nearly as tough or easy to breed as the little Alohas.