Originally Posted by muckmuck
Been kinda quiet on here lately! My wife, Karen, and I are going to the Pomona Bird Mart this weekend. My Barney eggs are due to hatch Tuesday which means I would usually put them in lockdown on Saturday. Seeing as how I won't be here do you think it would be OK to put them in lockdown a day early?
Sheesh! I haven't been on for a few days. We've been very busy getting ready for the reunion. This old house has so much work that needs done on it.
I don't see a problem with locking down a day early. Chicks seem to be able to handle things we would think would hurt their hatching chances. I was amazed that Casino hatched out all the eggs that she went into "lock down" with, especially because the day before they hatched she kept getting off the nest to eat, drink and dust bathe. I was freaking out. Didn't she know she was supposed to be in lock down? Every thing worked like a charm though. I have even heard of chicks hatching in the auto turners cause they were early or the person forgot to turn it off. I tell ya...chicks are strong little things! Good luck on your Barneys and at the bird mart. Hope you see some beauties!
I got a few pics the other day. Sorry for the poor light quality, if I waited for an overcast day...it may never happen. Here are the 2 light colored EE's I couldn't resist taking home from the feedstore and tucking under Casino. I just couldn't handle all the black.
With their mama Casino, getting a little drink.
Can you see all 9 fluffy butts? I think the one with the white dot came out of an olive green egg from Holly31. Other than that one, there is only one black chick with no leg-feathers and one with white on it's face and wings. The rest are just black.
My broody mama Lizzie and 3 of her 4 chicks. She has an EE, a Delaware, a Naked Neck and a Marans mix. The blue one is not hers.
The Naked Neck and the Del.
The EE, the Del in the back and the Marans mix,
Broody mama Quorra and one fuzz butt.
All four of Quorra's babies. I think I have a few boys.