Originally Posted by RubyNala97
Ok, got it! I think my grandmother has one...I'll rumage her cabinets next time I'm there, oh next week actually for turkey dinner!
Yup, you're right on!
How's that baby?
X2. I only have 2 laying hens right now. One lays longer, pointier eggs and one lays small round ones. So I would pick the latter, right?
Yes, we have gargoyle geckos and depending on a difference of incubating +\- 5 degrees, you can aim for males or females. I said to the kids that I wish that was true for my chicken eggs!!
No. If you have 2 laying hens, and can tell the difference between their eggs, this is what I'd do: I'd save their eggs for a week. Then I'd separate the eggs into Hen A and Hen B piles. Then, I'd look carefully at A pile and see if there were any subtle differences, choosing the ones that were most round. (closest ratio between length and width, not as pointy on the small end) Do the same for group B. Then, you can also mark the eggs you set with A or B. It would be interesting to note if your torpedo layer produces more cockrels, and your baseball layer produces more pullets. IMO, these smaller flocks, where each bird's eggs can be ID'd are perfect for this experiment, more so than doing a selection based solely on shape. In theory, a hen will release male ovum one day and female the following day.
Originally Posted by PeckinGorgeous
A parade? Lol
Well, I helped it. The veins all seemed drawn in and we r going on three days so I figured I better try. It seems okay, but at the bottom, which was the last bit I removed, it has this thing hanging out of its belly button. Should I clip it and free it? It seems to want free badly lol.
Eta: I have been holding it tightly and researching for thirty minutes or so BC I am scared it will pull it out. I have a towel in warm, sterile water, cooling down to wrap it up in if that would be better.
I honestly don't know what that tissue is at the bottom. But, it is securely connected with some strong tissue and some active vasculature. I think this chick is destined to be a cull, but it shows strong will to live and is a fighter. Your call whether you cull now, or give it a while longer. No matter the outcome, don't kick yourself. What I'd do is place it in a cup, and put it back in the bator and see what it looks like in the morning. Either that pouch is incidental material, and that vascular system will dry up (in which case the chick may be ok) Or that pouch is vital material that should have been enclosed in the abdomen, In which case the chick has no chance of living.