Originally Posted by Pyxis
I can't, lol. I'm calling her a she and hoping that's what she is, lol! Although I can vent sex waterfowl, I don't quite have chicks down yet. I really should practice on these guys though because apparently it's easier with fibro breeds like ACs and silkies.
Ok, I know some breeds you can tell at hatch, so I thought there might be a way with the AC's! Lol. I read about vent sexing and tried it on two chicks that hatched. Before anyone freaks out....I didn't really do it. I just looked real close, pushed around the belly a little (very gently) while looking to see if anything stuck out. kinda how you check a rabbit. I just did it for fun to see if my guesses were right. I wrote down 1 girl and 1 boy. Well when they grew up the opposite was true! So I blew a 50/50 shot on both of them!! I ordered a DNA test kit for 2 important chicks I have. I'd like to know now what they are for future planning. It's either $12 or $15 a chick (silkies take forever to sex) and I'm really excited to do it!
Originally Posted by RavynFallen
I'm betting if the wild mallards saw you picking up their eggs each day, they'd start moving them around too...
I don't remeber which day they're on... they're due Thanksgiving Day, lol... she put her head down, it was sad...
She is adorable!!!
Do you vent sex then? Just curious...
Grit is definitely different than oyster shell, oyster shell eventually dissolves... but if they're on dirt of any kind, usually there is some kind of grit they can get to...
I always give out oyster shell or crushed egg shells on the side... some need more than others and I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and it's not there... but that's me...
That's right, thanksgiving! I already had forgotten that! Can't wait till the hatch. You have to give me all the details. What have you been running for humidity? Now that I have some grown hens around, I need to go buy some oyster shell. Surprisingly they were on the exact same food type & brand that mine are on, so no change for them there. I put FF and grit in their cage today and they picked at both. They are being very talkative across the yard, back and forth with my chickens. It's pretty comical.
Originally Posted by kwhites634
His was an interesting story: I ran paper routes for 20+ years, and saw an ad posted on the bulletin board @ one of my apartment stops. I was looking for a b'day gift for my wife, & was coming up blank, so I called & made arrangements to see the dog. I pulled up & saw a lady with a JR on a lead. I spoke to the dog & knelt down to his level, the lady dropped the lead, and the dog ran up to me like a long-lost friend. Jacks only seem to come two ways; they're either overly friendly or real ankle biters. Seems the dog actually belonged to the lady's son, but he'd moved & couldn't have a dog. He'd paid $300 for the dog as a pup, so he was obviously pure-bred (unless the son was an idiot). The lady was new in town, and in real estate sales. She was gone all day, & felt sorry for having to keep him crated all day. I took him right away. For a long time he rode with me on the paper route; he loved riding in the car. He only went after the chickens once, killing a hen. We had a very serious discussion following that indiscretion, & there was never another problem.
I like that story. Glad he ended up with you. My aunt had bought one JR puppy and she was the sweetest dog in the world. We used to joke around and call her "cat-dog" because she just wanted to lay in your lap and be pet. I used to watch her whenever they went on vacations. Best dog ever. So they decided to buy another one. A boy JR. He was a terror! He'd bite and destroy the whole house! Really wild, crazy dog. They found a farm for him to go live on, after they could not tame him. Two polar opposites.
Originally Posted by AmyLynn2374
I love that face!! lol
I don't find "Chester" (I think we are going to go with "Buster") an attractive dog, rather plain, but we are going to give him lots of love and attention and make him feel like a movie star....lol
The names are kinda similar, so I think he'll take to buster easy. I like that one better too.
Originally Posted by BYC910
a little something I came up with and have applied for a patent on along with the tool to make them . they are 1/4 inch Styrofoam oval rings for hand turning and locking down to hatch .I got tired of the eggs rolling and also they help to keep the egg slightly tilted . they work well until they start hatching and the chicks still manage to push them out .
I've been chatting with this man that I bought the hens from, via email. He has 90-100% hatch rate on shipped eggs with a hova-bator 1588. I asked what his secret was and he said that hatching in these trays made him go from 60% up to 90-100% each batch.
Just thought that was interesting so wanted to pass it on.