So I had to run to Tractor Supply to get chicken food this morning and DH tries to get me to buy an LG incubator.....I convinced him to let me try one more time with mine. I hate to give up $80 if I don't have to. Surely this is going to work since everyone would have liked to hatch on day 21. I did spring and buy a $50 scale that weighs the miniscule ounces so after I get everything put up from dinner I am going to weigh my eggs and get them in the bator. I have been on a thread about dry hatch and one about making a homemade icubator and although I haven't learned anything new, I have found one person who says the dry hatch doesn't work for them either so I'm not the only one who didn't have huge success with it. Bobbie Porto says on her Web site 50% and Cindy Menear said 45% so that's the range I'm going with. I think I will set all my eggs and see what colors I get. The eggs are to lose 12 - 14% weight in the first three weeks so I am going to try for 12 because I noticed on the last batch between days 16 and 18 they still lost more mass than I would have thought they would, even though by that time I had boosted the humidity rate.
Mynameis86, good luck with the hatch. I would be happy to hatch with you, but I will be a few days behind. Do you already have a thread started? If not, and you want to start one, I will join in and we can see who else is sitting eggs right now. The first batch I did I got to know Cali Chick and the others on here and it was so much more excited to share everything with others who were having the same experience. It would have been a little less exciting on my own. Or we can just keep on this thread, but I think we are the only ones trying to hatch right now, unless Chiqita is saying hers are in. I wasn't sure.... Good luck with your eggs.
Chiqita, I don't know if I do this for the rest of my life I will understand the whole humidity thing. I can't remember where I posted this, but I was out in the barn with my broody last night and put my hand wayyyy under her trying to gauge the humidity. I still couldn't tell anything, LOL!
Cali Chick, I would definitely meet you in Columbus or somewhere else. I am like you...I love partridge because these are my little babies I ran across first. I know from reading they are hard, but I'm okay with that. Honestly, though, I like all the silkies in any color. There is just something about all that fluffiness and their cute pesonalities that I'm hooked on. I have some blue babies I bought that are young and they are as cute as anyone else running around here.
I have been mulling around chicken ideas and I think (maybe???) what I have settled on is once I figure out the bator is getting hatching eggs from the top breeders and putting together breeding trios of almost all the colors. I don't see myself ever doing paint (but who knows) and I'm not sure about porcelain, but lavendar is very pretty and I would love to have that color. There are so many beautiful birds to choose from, but I think I will stick with these for now. The only other thing is in the course of my silkie adventures I have acquired Seramas so if I could get some eggs I would try to make breeding trios out of them. If not, I will have to try to sell what I have, but they are really cute birds. One of my boys is about two months old and crowed for the first time today. It was so incredibly cute to hear this itty bitty crow from such an itty bitty bird. They are tiny!!!!!
I have run across a former APA judge that is a breeder that sells eggs on the auction and he has beautiful crested Polish chickens and I would like to have those. I think whatever I do I will stick with bantams because, as I said, I'm not too crazy about the large birds.
I will have to post some pics of our littlest babies because Gabby has been posing them again this afternoon in her dollhouse and the pics are too cute! I thought she was going to take some of my new silkies, but the babies won again.
I thought it might be fun to stay in touch since we are both trying to figure out show silkies at the same time and there is so much to learn. Did you know you have to train them young to pose the right way? I had no idea. I am going to have to get the babies out and start working with them. I tried last night, but my two terrier dogs could barely contain themselves so it didn't work. Hopefully the weather wil be nice enough to take some of them out this week and start on their proper posture! Also, if you want to show you have to be careful what they do as they can lose toenails and that is a DQ. My guys free range so that would be a huge consideration for me in picking who I think would have a chance to compete and what their life is going to be like.
Also, are you considering becoming NPIP certified? I am going to call this week and find out what the process is here in Ohio. I'm thinking that would open up doors for me because when I buy, I look for those who are certified.
Who did you get your blue eggs from?