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  1. JessicaGrant

    Worried - slow hatching egg and panting chick

    I did assist the chick who had gotten stuck and she lived about a week. I thought for a while that she would pull through - she seemed to be getting stronger and started eating and drinking - but then she declined over a few days and died. I don't think she suffered. What was weird was...
  2. JessicaGrant

    Worried - slow hatching egg and panting chick

    Thanks for your post! I helped and she is out - she looks a little malformed but she does look pretty strong so I am hoping!! Still no sign on any of the other eggs. I think my old incubator wasn't up to the job or maybe my hand turning was not enough or too much, or something. :( I plan...
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    Worried - slow hatching egg and panting chick

    Hi all - it has been a loooong time since I did this! I have a hovabator and started 18 eggs a while back - today is day 21 or 22. Yesterday, I woke up to find a chick(!) and yesterday afternoon noticed another pip. This morning the pipped egg had a hole about a 1/4 inch in diameter, and...
  4. JessicaGrant

    Homemade incubator question...

    Thanks...back to the drawing board!
  5. JessicaGrant

    Homemade incubator question...

    My kids are building an egg incubator for their science fair, and are working on designing the egg turner. I have only ever seen a turner that goes 45 degrees (or is it 90?) from side to side with the fat end of the egg up. My son has figured something out but it rotates the egg around 360...
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    Thoughts on a bad hatch?

    Wow! 12 hours later and this little guy is going so strong! I can't believe it! He is adorable and doesn't want me to leave his side! So different from the chicks! I have a few questions for you duck experts since this is my first one. First, he does still have a fairly large yolk sac...
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    Thoughts on a bad hatch?

    This has gone from bad to worse. The little guy didn't make much progress yesterday, and I went to bed expecting him to be gone this morning, stuck in his egg like the others. I had picked off a bit of shell, enough to be able to moisten the membrane and see his bill. Anyway, I woke up this...
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    Thoughts on a bad hatch?

    OK, I did peel off a little bit of shell and saw that the membrane was white and thick. I could see the little guy pushing against it, so I made a little hole in the membrane and then closed the incubator back up. I never put a window in or I would be down in the basement watching! My kids...
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    Thoughts on a bad hatch?

    Quote: Thank you! The membrane on the egg that almost made it is pretty much clear. I did spritz the eggs whenever I opened the incubator but I didn't want to do that too often. I just ran down with damp paper towels and put them by the egg that is still alive. Could that help?
  10. JessicaGrant

    Thoughts on a bad hatch?

    I made an incubator out of an old freezer and bought some fertile eggs--6 chicken and 6 duck. I candled them a while back and it looked like 3 of each were developing. Last weekend the chicks hatched and have been hopping around peeping and growing all week. This weekend I was looking forward...
  11. JessicaGrant

    Wanted to buy-3 or 4 laying hens 1-2 years old in MASS

    My flock got wiped out last week, and while I have three 2 week olds I would like to have a few layers. Best would be Black Australorps or Barred Rocks but really, I would take any. Within an hour drive of Northampton MA would be best. Thanks!
  12. JessicaGrant

    Egg shell found outside the run this morning

    Quote: Thanks for sharing your voice of experience! Jessica
  13. JessicaGrant

    Egg shell found outside the run this morning

    Quote: I hope so too!! We are down to 6 eggs, but she is still setting and I have faith :-) I have been too scared of the temps outside to try candling. Should know by the end of this week, and I'll let you know. Thanks!!
  14. JessicaGrant

    Egg shell found outside the run this morning

    Quote: No--it was outside the run where they can't get to.
  15. JessicaGrant

    Egg shell found outside the run this morning

    I was going to bring them in. I live in Massachusetts and it is still awfully cold here. My coop is small and a bit drafty (having built it myself it hurts to say that, but there you go!) I could heat it but then there are the other hens to think about as well. If I bring the hen and eggs in...
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    Egg shell found outside the run this morning

    I read the list of predators and know it could be a number of things. It seems many of them (skunk, possum--and I know we have possums nearby) would also attack the hens, so I am guessing it may have been a rat. Any ideas on how to prevent this from becoming a regular occurrence? This is the...
  17. JessicaGrant

    My broody has been sitting on some infertile eggs.

    How long can they be under her and still be ok to eat? Yesterday I got no eggs from the 4 other girls so I took a look under the broody. I have her sitting on some fertile brown and white eggs, but there were three blue eggs under there this morning. I haven't been checking under her, just...
  18. JessicaGrant

    A few questions for broody hen experts!

    OK, thanks! You are right...I am starting this before I am ready but my hen is ready and I am scrambling to catch up.
  19. JessicaGrant

    A few questions for broody hen experts!

    My seven month old went broody last week and I just stuck a dozen eggs (thanks, redhen!) under her. Right now she is in one of two nests I have in the coop. It is a small coop so I can't really separate her from the 4 others without moving her out of the coop (and I dont' know where that...
  20. JessicaGrant

    trade or sale Black Copper Marans

    I might be interested in Marans hatching eggs, but I dont' have anything to trade. How much would you sell them for?
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