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Yes i am in South Africa
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I had both good and bad luck with hatching pheasant eggs. I have a great incubator but had different results in hatch rates as well. All of my eggs were incubated in the same incubator at the same temperature and same humidity levels. Hatch time was between 22 and 25 days. Some hatched sooner and others hatched a few days later. some chicks were fully developed in the shell but never pipped as well. I found my problem after talking with other breeders. My problem was that I wasn't feeding my hens enough protien when they were laying. This has a big impact on the strength of the chicks in the shell. More protien in the yolk makes a stronger chick. Stronger chick means a better hatch rate. After feeding my hens a higher protien feed during laying, I had a better hatch rate. I upped thier feed from 22% to 28% protien when they were laying.

Hard work has never killed anyone but I refuse to take that chance. Two cats and a bunch of birds.
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Hard work has never killed anyone but I refuse to take that chance. Two cats and a bunch of birds.
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