Just did my first candling today, not good news for this experiment.
Out of 38 eggs, 14 were of this meat cross. 8 of those had no activity or stalled early. The rest were the the Comet experiment which uses the same batch/breed of hens, and only 1 of those eggs went to the pigs.
So, everything else being equal, the variable is this WLRC roosters. They just seem to not be getting it done. They don't have much size on the girls, so that makes me think they just aren't getting it in. There's a WLRC hen also in there, so she could count towards one or two of the 6 remaining eggs. They've been in with the girls since they left the brooder, so fertility issues is the last problem in the world I expected. Bummer.
Hopefully the 6 hatch to get some early information. I'll definitely try a second hatch in case there was an anomaly with collecting eggs out of that particular pen at that particular time. I'm hoping it was just something to do with that side of the barn being a little colder than the other.
Edited by Hiltonizer - 1/16/16 at 8:15pm