The hatch continues. More groups are starting to join the party.
Heritage white leghorn 8
Banty Cochins 16
Phage's Creme Legbars 2
Salmon Faverolles 6
Banty Choc Orps 2
Banty Cochins 2
Salmon Favs 2
Speckled Sussex 3
Banty Rocks 1
No movement yet Australorps. Swedish FlowerHens, Mille Fleur Leghorns
The chickens hatch so differently than quail. Quail mostly pip to hatch in 1 to 3 hours and within 12 hours start to finish. Chickens like to drive me to the edge.
We ended up with 40 chicks. We had more cochins hatch as well as Salmon Faverolles and a Mille Fluer Leghorn. Thats around 20% if you added all the non-candle-able marans into the eggs considered viable, its more like 30% if you remove them. We still are suffering from oversized wet chicks that pip and poop out. This included all the banty choc orps, speckled sussex and Banty rocks that pipped.
We still have pheasant, guineas and ducks to go, then the bator house will go into lockdown until Thanksgiving.
Our next hatch will be rather specific breeds as well as heritage birds. I am targeting, Cream Legbars, Marans, Sussex Silkie and Bresse.
We currently have around 200 chickens of varying sizes and ages. My goal is to get the number down to no more than a hundred "full time" chickens.
By November the monsoon will be over and much less humid. The bator house will get a little remodel when I am there. We will divide it into 2 rooms. One for hatching and one for incubating. The incubation room will be 12x4 with lined interior walls and a ceiling. A room dehumidifier will be set to run at 45% humidity, bringing the incubators down to 30% when at heat.
I also will set up an older mini fridge with a thermostat to run at 55-60F to store our local eggs for hatching.
The adventure continues.