any1 help plz

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by reptileluvva, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. reptileluvva

    reptileluvva New Egg

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    ok this is a strange story but also a true one.on the 11/9/07 my mum went to buy some eggs for cooking,she always buys free range she wanted a dozen but this time she picked up ones layed by caged hens by mistake.the funny thing is she she didnt realise they were the wrong ones until she got home.i breed reptiles and exotic birds aswell as rescuing animals,she said pass me those eggs so i did,they felt different than usual.don't ask me why they just did so i said i will go out and get you some more free range eggs and we'll put them in the incubator,don't ask how/why but they were all fertile.they are due to hatch today and they didnt make any chirping/cheaping noise yesterday so i hope their ok.we have had chickens before when i was small now hoping to let these (caged hens be free range)????if they hatch should i be worried that theres no sound and no signs of hatching as yet.we have had to help cockatiels and other birds out of eggs before now.and they have survived but we dont like doing it unless we have to i rather them hatch on their own any ideas
    thanks sarah
     
  2. howlingwoodsfarm

    howlingwoodsfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry I am confused, you put the free range eggs in the incubator or the eggs from the caged birds? Either way I imagine where ever you got them from they had them refrigerated? Did they come from a grocery store? Not sure how they could be viable. Did you candle them? Also have you hatched chicken eggs before? I know you said you do reptiles and exotic birds. Did you set incubator temp/humidity for chicken eggs? Have they been turned daily? If those eggs hatch and they were refrigerated I would certainly have to try that one just to see if I could pull that off. Please let us know how things go. if the temp is low they might take longer to hatch. SO many questions but needed info to help others answer your questions.

    Heather

    p.s. for those of us not used to dates written as you wrote. You meant September 11, 2007 I take it? 9/11/07
     
  3. OffSpring

    OffSpring Out Of The Brooder

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    In my opinion if they do hatch they would be "miracle" hens! You should name them all jesus as they would have been hatched from virgin Mary hens! lol

    To the best of my knowledge the majority of caged chickens are kept in individual cages (I have visted severel).

    Also cockerels are not usually found in caged commercial egg laying warehouses at all as they don't have a use.

    Most cockerels are commercially produced until they reach slaughter weight when they are used for their meat.

    And laying hens usually just get slaughtered and disposed of or sometimes used as animal feed (dog/cat food etc).
     
  4. reptileluvva

    reptileluvva New Egg

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    Quote:they were from a shop and no where near the fridges,and they were caged ones that were bought by accident.yes candled them.yes incubator set for chicken eggs found all info on the net.temps in incubator 100f thats what we were told and it a thermastatic incubator eggs have also been turned 4-5 times a day as it says on the site i looked at on the net.and it said do not turn after 18th day,ok i thought i would ask questions on this site and get info from others humidity has been 85-87f and changed to 90f just at 18days.
    not to be called a liar ok.just i know this story is very different thats why i wanted to share it sorry
     
  5. reptileluvva

    reptileluvva New Egg

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    Quote:thats what i thought that no cockerals would of been in those conditions but all i can say s the eggs came out of a box that said caged hens bought by mistake the eggs have a date on them aswell as c/h and no if they hatch i wouldnt name any of them that.omg cant anyone post anything without people having a go i will sign out from here later thought i would find it useful and people might like to know about this but.i was wrong so sorry
     
  6. OffSpring

    OffSpring Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I'm not calling you a liar, I just find it very hard to believe that commercially caged hens kept in seperate individual cages with no cockerel will hatch.

    Perhaps the eggs got mixed up with the free range eggs at some point? lol

    But I am very open minded and wish you every success with your hatch!

    Please let us know how you get on...
     
  7. reptileluvva

    reptileluvva New Egg

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    ok sorry if i misjudged you just worried about the chicks and eggs i took a pic of one of the eggs with candler other end so you can see where shadow is,and if that isn't a chick in there i dont know what it ishad to get it out without turning it.oh well i don't think anything will happen now,think maybe their dead in shell or something cos no chicks yet they were due yesterday or today and no sound or any sign of hatching.time will tell ???????????????
     
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  8. OffSpring

    OffSpring Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Please don't appologise - you haven't done anything wrong!

    No one is judging you for sharing your own experiences.

    This is a very friendly forum offering great practical advice.

    I'm sorry if you got the wrong impression...
     
  9. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it was me I think I'd open one. I know that sounds mean... maybe it is. I'm not very patient!!

    Maybe though, for the more patient types [​IMG] give it a couple more days and then crack one. If your thermometer wasn't reading correctly, and the temps were a little low, it could make the chicks take a bit longer to hatch.

    I'm thinking they must do things differently there? Here (as offspring said) eggs at the store are mostly from hens kept in battery cages, no roos aloud, then shipped to the store, and kept refrig. until we buy them. Sometimes that can be a couple of weeks worth of holding before they ever see the inside of the store.

    Too bad, though, I'd love to hatch some from Hannaford and get some Mystery chickens! The price would be right, too! <LOL, $1.20 for storebought, as opposed to buying fert. for $25+ includ shipping>

    Good luck on your hatch!

    Meghan
     
  10. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, hows it going, Ive been reading about your experience, You may have some good luck with them, just keep the bator on and watch for some movement. When you candled what did you see? I hope they hatch out if they are viable!
    And yes please dont feel that anyone has offended you, we are here to help and the posters have taken time to reply with good advice and humour too! so take care and relax knowing that you are in friendly company!!!
    Let us know how you go.
    Hugs
    Helen
     

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