Well, our first try at hatching eggs has not been successful - they were supposed to hatch yesterday... by now it's pretty much a wash, right?
I think we have learned alot. I just read Harvey Ussery's book and he recommends letting eggs sit for a day before putting them int he incubator (after getting them through the mail) and candling them at 10 days. We discovered that on our mini-incubator (the yellow plastic one) we couldn't tell as well as we thought how much water was in the incubator to provide humidity... now we know! And we had problems with our A/C and impossibly hot weather the first week of incubation - no thermostat on the incubator, we may have toasted them (we toasted *us*!).
I have a question for all - we haven't hatched chicks before and only had a few Ameracauna day-old chicks a few years ago. This is partly a homesteading project and partly a homeschool project for my 6yo son.
Should we be hatching quail?
Is there an easier egg to hatch/baby to brood?
(We're also going to be getting the Happy Cackle mix to brood from Cackle Hatchery. With a few supplements.)
We got these eggs and incubator as a kit from Home Science Tools (http://www.hometrainingtools.com/incubator-with-four-quail-eggs/p/LD-INCUBAT/).
The incubator has a capacity of 2 Duck, 3 Chicken or 8 Quail eggs. They sell a "refill" pack of 8 coturnix quail eggs (the first set were bobwhites).
My son is up for hatching anything but he really likes the Gambel and California Valley Quail with the crests... but I can't find a moderate number of eggs sold anywhere (yet)! I don't want to order 30 and only be able to brood 8 (eat the rest? we have a hen that went broody in the spring...) My oldest daughter wants Blue Swedish Ducks...
What would you try to hatch with your kids/grandkids?
*now with 5 kids and on our own mini-farm*