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Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Eps32, May 21, 2017.
I count all eggs laid, including perch bombs, soft shelled eggs, and damaged eggs.
I record everything that goes into the incubator. On the way in you get a number, on the way out you get a name.
I do it three ways on my personal flock/eggs. I keep track of the eggs layed which had Nothing to do with hatching because a lot are sold as eating eggs. Some are sold as hatching eggs to others that I get no figures back on. Then the fertility of the eggs put in the incubator is figured by the amount of unfertile eggs taken out when candling, Then the hatch percentage which is figured off the number of eggs put into the hatcher/lock down compared to how many chicks hatch.
With the figures some of you post--Example--""I count all eggs laid, including perch bombs, soft shelled eggs, and damaged eggs"" If I have 10,000 eggs layed, I sell 9,500 for eating or hatching eggs to other people then I put 500 eggs in my incubator----Only 480 go into lock down/hatcher---475 hatch---punching the numbers---Lets see only 475 hatch out of 10,000 eggs----that's a POOR hatch rate if you are figure Everything the way you said. That sounds more like a way to figure out what percentage of the eggs on your chicken farm that are set/incubated/hatched.
Now example number 2. I recently had a Lady wanted me to hatch some eggs for her. I put 115 of her eggs in the incubator on the first set---the next week she brought me 173 more and I put them in----full---288 eggs---first batch on day 12 candling I took 49 out because they were unfertile. 66 of those went into the hatcher on day 18 and 65 hatched. Out of the 173 on the second set of her eggs--111 were taken out on day 12 candling because they were not fertile---she had collected a lot of eggs from a big pen that had a lot of hens in it with only 1 rooster. 62 went into the hatcher, 60 hatched OK----so some of you are saying I am suppose to figure my hatch rate from all the eggs that went in???? LOL---I figure my hatch rate from all the eggs that go into lock-down/hatcher----it want hatch unfertile eggs and they NEVER went into the hatcher. What if she had brought me 288 eggs and they all were unfertile----just say for something to figure----Would I would have 0% hatch rate??? The eggs Never went into the hatcher???
I will continue figuring my "hatch rate" by the amount of eggs that hatch from the ones that were put into lock down/hatcher---makes perfect sense.
My personal flock I will figure fertility of their eggs by the amount of fertile eggs that are left in the incubator on first candling and talk to my chickens and make changes if that number it lower than reasonable---but this number has nothing to do with my hatch rate-----again unfertile eggs will Not hatch and do not go into lock-down/hatcher.
Peafowl breeders don't usually sell eggs for human consumption.
OH, I thought you all were talking about "hatching" all eggs in general. If we are Just on peafowl eggs, All of those I have put in the incubator hatched---did not have to remove any of them when I candled. 100% set/hatch, but I got all those eggs from a man a couple miles from me. I only hatch what he brings the few time I have hatched---I do not know how many his birds lay---so I can not do any figuring on what is layed. Sorry I misunderstood.
I agree on the name---The man that has the peafowl that brings me his eggs to hatch said he has tried several other hatchers and they have failed---He Give me a Name to his friends----"He Can hatch them---I believe he can hatch a rock" is what he tells them---I am his "Hatching Man".
We count every egg laid regardless if they are broke, infertile, early quitters, etc... when at the end or near the end of our season we tally our percentage and compare to previous years. From my observations and Im not calling anyone out but, anything near 50% hatch rate is phenomenal, Im not implying that anything above 50% is unattainable rather its harder with larger volumes of egg production. Of course smaller numbers will reap higher rewards but, when you start dealing with eggs in the 700-1000ea range such as @KsKingBee, well your numbers will drop for sure. Having said all of that, our incubation process consists of a brigade of gamefowl hens to start our eggs and we pull them at day 23 for the hatcher, if we need the room, we pull eggs early for the hatcher but never prior to 15 days and that has increased our percentages over the years. The machines we use are, Petersimes and Leahy redwoods and so far so good, I hope this helps,.
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Someone on here asked some months back how to hatch peachick eggs. I think I replied first that I treat them just like a chicken eggs. I was jumped all over, was told they are NOT chicken eggs and you can not treat them as such-----LOL. I had a 100% hatch on the ones I did and not Liking his attitude towards be I Told the person maybe if he "treated" them as such---he would have a better hatch. Now, you post your eggs are started under gamefowl----How much closer can a person get to treating them like a chicken egg than to put them under a chicken for most of their incubation and with a higher hatch %---LOL. Thanks
Those perch bombs drive me crazy.