Originally Posted by Skink
A couple of my gals co-brooded and managed to hatch.. oh no! Only one egg. Now they are sharing mom duty, both of them are covering it and they don't seem to be fighting about it or getting in to a tiff with one another. Dad is still in the pen and he's on high alert standing guard over them. What a cute little butt it turned out to be too!I bet it'd be too much to hope that it turns out to be mottled..
Also, weird silver chick from the last batch turned out to be a blue! I didn't even notice their dad was one, I seem to have trouble telling my blues from my blacks which is ridiculous because once I notice I can't unsee it. Here is Sesame, Pigpen, Scribble and Inky
That little one's a total cutie! I got a couple in my latest hatch that look similar and I'm completely smitten... and also hoping one or both is mottled! :)
What is the difference between a blue and a black, is a blue just lighter? Yeah I keep thinking I need to get that Serama Colours book.
So my latest group hatched a couple days ago. I originally set 23 eggs, all were fertile but in the end only 8 hatched. I hand turned them this time and 17 made it to lockdown... On the upside I'm getting kind of overwhelmed with birds so I'm glad there weren't 23 chicks! But there's definitely a problem here. I'm thinking maybe either I'm not getting the incubator completely disinfected, or there's something wrong with the breeder diet.
I also experienced some issues this time with pipping. One pipped too low and died. Another went low but came out fine. A third pipped but couldn't zip, thankfully I was able to hatch it out with no trouble. I think maybe keeping them on their sides and hand turning caused this? Not sure but I will try the Brinsea rails and auto turner again next time.
At any rate, this is my last hatch for awhile. I want to let these birds all grow out and get some sold before I hatch again. I'm going to get some of that fancy disinfectant solution before I store the incubator away and put my birds on vitamins for a month or so before I start hatching again.
And here are the little peanuts!
All the different colors! So addicting!