Arkansas Blue egg layers

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

  1. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    My Araucanas are clean faced so I don't have the lethal gene to contend with. But, I don't find them at all difficult to hatch.
     
  2. johnderosa1

    johnderosa1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting that you guys had unusual hatches with yours. I dont remember anything unusual with mine. I am getting ready to set some univ ark eggs this weekend so i will really pay attention this time. I have a home made incubator that i added a humidity pump to and have had some great hatches since adding it. 9 out of 11 shipped Black copper marans eggs (got 14 but 3 clears) this december. I was down around 10% or lower on these eggs before. I have a heat pump water heater in my basement that sucks the moisture out of the air... Relative humidities can get down to 8-12% in my basement so i was really struggling with maintaining a reasonable level. My unit keeps it dead on and allows me to fill it without opening it. It also pumps in fresh air so i can close down most of the ventilation which makes it more energy efficient and reduces temp swings to extremely narrow ranges. Best investment ive made in a while. My bcm eggs were $20 bucks each( day olds were $85-100 each) so this hatch rate was a huge blessing!!!!
     
  3. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    What pump did you get?
     
  4. johnderosa1

    johnderosa1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got it from incubator warehouse. Its Digital and it was around $130 i think
     
  5. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    I have seen that auto humidifier on their website.

    It is on my wish list. It is good to hear a positive review.

    Thanks!
     
  6. KittieChick

    KittieChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Ron. What size pen and coop are your girls in? We're having a problem with over building our coops. I just built a 10'sq quarantine coop for a trio! :) Plus they have a 10x12' outside space.

    Loving those beautiful blue eggs! The birds are pretty, also!
     
  7. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    I have 4 of them in a ware chicken hutch--not very large but they have an attached run. They are not super large so they do fine in it. The boy gets to visit in the evenings--longer on the weekends.
     
  8. KittieChick

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    So what's the reason for limiting the boy's visitation?
     
  9. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    I live in a City.
     
  10. KittieChick

    KittieChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After reading through this thread with great interest, I just realized that my chickens are skewed towards meat production! Delawares and Dorkings.

    I'd like the chance to give the Arkansas Blue a try. What would be the best way to obtain either a trio or hatching eggs? I'm in Raleigh, NC and am willing to drive a reasonable distance. I would hate to lose a single chick to the postal service!
     

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