Originally Posted by AmyLynn2374
Last night when I closed up I noticed one of the young ones that my bantam hatched last October was gone and tonight it was one of my barred rocks. Thing is I did not let them out today and she is not one of the ones that gets out on her own. She's a good sized bird, round and heavy. There was no unusual ruckus from the coop and none of the others looked upset anytime. I found the first pile of feathers about 5-6 yards from the run. No blood, no body, just a feather trail. Followed as far as I could up the hill into the trees, but nothing.
I'm so sorry to hear this! Before I had chickens my neighbor did (he moved shortly after I moved here) and they were always in my yard. 4 big fat hens. One day I came outside and found a huge pile of feathers. Nothing else, no blood, no chicken just feathers. There was a fox hanging around all week after that.
Originally Posted by Pyxis
These khaki campbell eggs are up in the air. I didn't tell the lady I bought them from that I was hatching them so they have been cleaned and refrigerated. If I don't get any development I'll ask to buy another dozen from her that haven't been refrigerated. But if they do hatch it will be interesting to see the gender ratio, since with chickens if you refrigerate the eggs apparently the male embryos are more likely to die so while you don't have as good a hatch, you get mostly pullets according to a study that was done.
On the humidity front, my Styrofoam 'bator is horrible about holding it too, so I put mason jars in there with sponges sticking out of them and that keeps the humidity up better than filling the wells does and that way I don't have to keep opening it to add water.
That's interesting about getting pullets from refrigerated eggs. I never heard that. I may have to try that next time I hatch for myself.
Originally Posted by lazy gardener From first group of eggs, I got 2 chicks, one of which was an assist. I need to give her a bath tonight to clean all of the shellac off her. Her butt is particularly glued up, so she needs a good cleaning. The next group of 12 (also shipped) are pipping, so far about 75% malpositioned. So, if they make it out of the shell, I expect they will be assists. I just opened up membranes on all of their pips. They were upright in cartons for the hatch. I laid them down with pip up after opening membranes. One has died already. The remainder of the eggs that have not yet externally pipped are tapping or cheeping. So, hoping they fare better than the early pips. Gonna be a long night. My own eggs are also in for a difficult hatch. They were due today. One or more have internally pipped. Having a hard time keeping the humidity up in that bator, so expect a lot of difficulty there as well.
Ugh. I hate difficult hatches. I will say that about 70% of the time my malpositions zip on their own. So