Welcome smchickfarm! I love my lavender orps! I will post some pics in a bit. I got them last summer. They did not hit maturity till winter and therefore would not start laying. They just started a few weeks ago. I cracked an egg and it was not fertile... A few days later,
I cracked another and it was fertile so I started collecting... Here is my breakdown...
27 eggs set on 3/17
-6 eggs with little hope because my son ran out to the coop and collected them without help
-10 eggs more than likely not even fertile because my girls and boy are just starting out
-5 eggs that will die because this is my first hatch
6 chicks... Of which only 2 will be girls!
Lol... See expectations are low... 27 eggs for 2 girls....
Meanwhile, I ordered 18 hatching eggs....
6 blue wheaten amerucanas, 6 salmon faverolles, 6 golden cuckoo marans
Out of those, I am hoping for at least one boy and one girl of each breed... For a total of 6out of 18 eggs due to the fact that they are being shipped and have been delayed at the PO. I wanted to start them all at the same time but did not want to hold up the orps for the weekend. They were collected on the 14th, mailed on the 15th and PO says I should receive them today on the 19th. I plan on setting them tonight (on the 19th) so they will be about 3 days off.... But in a different incubator so all is good....
Edited by curranchickens - 3/19/12 at 1:13pm