[FONT=georgia,palatino]Our School's Chicken Log[/FONT]​
[FONT=georgia,palatino]For the 2010-2011 school year, we are going to focus on four new breeds of chickens-- Lakenvelders, Andalusians, Salmon Faverolles, and . We chose the first three based on their status on the Ameraucanas[/FONT][FONT=georgia,palatino]American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's Watch List[/FONT]. We also took into account their maturity rate and their egg output. The Ameraucanas were chosen because of their egg color and the quality of the parent stock. Our poultry program has two main goals, first to produce show quality birds that will win at the fair, and second to produce eggs that will be sold to help make the farm self-sufficient.
Lakenvelders- Eggs were purchased from little_gray_bantam. On April 21, 2010, eighteen eggs were set in the Hovabator. Eggs were candled on May 8th (day 17) with 13 eggs still developing. (Three removed eggs had developed and died at different times.) All eggs hatched on May 11-13th. (100% hatch)
[FONT=georgia,palatino]Andalusians- Eggs were purchased from okiehen. On April 30, 2010, sixteen eggs were set in the Hovabator. Eggs were candled on May 8th (day 8) with 13 eggs developing. Eggs were from two cages, an all blue cage and a blue, black, splash cage. From the blue cage, there are seven eggs developing, from the combo cage there are six eggs developing as of May 12 (day12). Of the 13 eggs, we had a hatch of 9 eggs. We have one splash, one black, and seven blue chicks. One egg was stepped on by the broody and killed, two eggs did not pip. 75% hatch rate (# hatched /# eggs bought).
Salmon Faverolles- Eggs were purchased from Lund Poultry. On May 5, 2010, seventeen eggs were set in the Little Giant. Eggs were candled on May 8th (day 3) with 14 eggs developing. Eggs were candled again on May 12 (day 7) and all 14 show good veining and development. Unfortunately, due to health issues, temperature spikes occured during the last week. Of the 14 eggs, only 3 hatched. Of those three, one died within the first day. (25% hatch rate)
Candled again on May 12 (day 7) and three clear eggs were removed. The remaining 9 eggs all show good veining and development. Of the 9 eggs, four chicks hatched. 3 are black, one is blue. Three eggs pipped but then "gooed" an amber liquid and the chicks died inside the eggs. (33% hatch rate)Ameraucanas- Eggs were purchased from Little Ameraucana Mom. On May 5, 2010, fifteen eggs were set in the Hovabator. Eggs were candled on May 8th (day 3) with 12 eggs developing.