Well I set 32 eggs and 24 hatched, some of those eggs were so dark that I could not see into them until tonight when i candled, it looks as though the chicks in the dark eggs died the day before lockdown! One other egg pipped but never zipped, and the rest There is no explanation as to why they died until I do an Eggtopsy tomorrow. I can tell they are dead by that distinct coppery smell before total rot and that i could literally see the chicks in the white eggs no movement at all. I am guessing that the chick who pipped probably got shrink wrapped when I had to open the bator to take out the chicks who were completely dry, had been in for more then 24 hrs and were too hot because of the temp increase.
If I break it down into bantam and standard hatch rates I would get:
Standard 14 Of 20 = 70% Hatch Rate
Bantam 10 Of 12 = 83% Hatch Rate
Bantam + Standard 24 of 32 = 75% Hatch Rate
I also discovered while checking out chicks that 2 of the black chicks with white spots one their head have feathered legs and all 4 toes feathered which means their momma is my white cochin hen, the only other hen I have in that pen that has feathered legs is my Salmon fav and I only hatched out one of those her babies are yellow with black chipmunk stripes, 5 toes and feathered legs with very little feathering on the toes. as it stands for the EE Roo over Barred Rock hen being sexlink In previous hatches I hatched out 3 pure black chicks and 4 pure black chicks, this hatch I have 2 that need to fluff more with one with a possible head spot.
EE/ Speckled Sussex on the left. EE/EE on the Right. first standard chick and the last standard chick to hatch were the most curious about the camera.
I'm Ready for my close up!
All the chicks with stripes and eyeliner come from my EE Roo over speckled sussex and EE hen breedings, can you tell which chick belongs to which mom?