Arkansas Blue egg layers

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by 1muttsfan, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. johnderosa1

    johnderosa1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would keep collecting until you confirm lack of fertility. You'd be surprised how long they will lay fertile eggs after mating . Certainly up to 2 weeks if not more...
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I have collected eggs for as long as 2 and 1/2 weeks after removing a rooster from a breeding pen. Incubate all those eggs until you start getting clears. You might be pleasantly surprised!
     
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  3. caj1985

    caj1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will definitely do that. Thanks! My biggest issue is going to be incubator space leading to mixed hatches with multiple hatch dates. Yuck! Hopefully hatches this spring won't be as bad as last spring when everything drowned because you just couldn't get the humidity low enough. This breed tends to hatch on day 22 and hatch weird anyway. They don't pip & zip. Most of these will pip and just keep increasing the pip hole until they finally burst through. You do not want to do any assisted hatches either. If you have to assist, they aren't going to make it.

    I wish everything I had hatched the way the Buttercup Bantams do. Those hatch like quail. Pip, zip and out running.
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I no longer assist with hatches, either. Past assisted hatches ALL ended in disaster. I read on this site that people get their chicks to live, but I think hatching weakness should not be in the gene pool.

    Edited to add that any chicks with crooked toes and chicks that are delayed hatchers are culled here too.
     
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  5. caj1985

    caj1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I fully agree with you.
     
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    I have to agree, few of the assisted chicks I've had have turned out well, so I no longer attempt it.
     
  7. TheKeeper

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    He has 1 still! I will see when I can come catch it since it's free-ranging. I'll let you know how he looks when I get him.
    I'll send you pics too.
    I can't quarantine him for you before I ship - I'm sorry - I can't have noisy roos.
    I guess you'd quarantine him anyways even if I did.
    But I will check him for obviously signs of sickness or bugs & treat accordingly & let you know.
    Yay! So happy I can keep these great birds' lines going.
    I love my pretty, feisty hens - best blue eggs ever.
    One day I hope to trade my black hen for a splash hen. I have too much black in my flock pallet. :)
     
  8. caj1985

    caj1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much. I'm the other way around. I want some black desperately. My only black hen decided not to come back from free-ranging one night and wound up on the losing end of a battle with a raccoon. As soon as I get back up and operating, I will definitely send you more eggs. That way you will definitely get your splash. :)
     
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    If you breed blue x blue how often do you get blacks?
     
  10. TheKeeper

    TheKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I should send you the splash roo & the black hen together. They'll fit fine in the Horizon box I have.
    I can trade the hen for hatching eggs. Is a dozen fair, maybe 18? I have a Brinsea 20 that'll take up to 2 dozen.
    And no rush on them. I certainly can wait until you confirm fertility & take of customers already waiting.
    I have 4 more weeks until it's empty then i think my husband needs a break already from peepers.
    Maybe by then I'll have a couple broodies ready. :)
     
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