I have also had tough luck this Spring hatching my MW turkey eggs. Probably set around 20 of her eggs (I just have a pair, that was almost every egg she laid) I think 10 total hatched and 5 of those failed to thrive and didnt make it past 2-3 weeks. The 5 I have left are around 6-8 weeks old now and seem healthy and happy, fingers crossed. Most of the eggs that didn't hatch were fertile with fully formed poults, must have died in the last couple days before hatch. Her last 3eggs weren't fertile and I havent seen an egg from her in a few weeks now.
My silkies have been hatching with good success, they've been over 90%. Unfortunately at least 3 are trying to be broody and the eggs have really slowed down.
Lavender orps have been successful as well, probably around 80-90%. They are still laying pretty well, I just set another 14 of theirs today.
Polish have been tough on me this Spring and im starting to think they are just a tough breed to get healthy, robust chicks. I set 4 of my own hens eggs (before a coon got her), all hatched, and all but 1 have failed to thrive and died within 2 weeks. I purchased some bantam polish eggs from someone local and had good hatches but half of them also failed to thrive and died. Its weird because they hatch well and seem great for a week and then downhill. Polish just are a more difficult breed to raise, at least for me.
The orps are great, I never have a problem hatching them. I have to agree. I adore polish, but they were harder to keep for me.. I am at the point I try to stick with whats working. Good egg supply, vigor and health. Large frame birds if I wind up with too many roosters.
I did a little rearranging in the chick-safe pen in the barn today. When I was in there I sat on the floor and had 6 Four-Week-Old Buckeyes climbing all over me. One even went up on my shoulder.
Such fun little birdies!
I need to get some updated photos of the chicken children :)
They are really something! I love sitting with them. Just no rear of people at all.
Edited by jchny2000 - 6/5/16 at 7:12pm