Bantam Eggs set April 4, 2012, Hatch Date May 2! Anyone Else?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SamJacobbe, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Yes, She was able to set more and most hatched

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  2. Yes, She was able to set more but not many hatched

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  3. No, She could only handle 10 or less

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  1. SamJacobbe

    SamJacobbe Out Of The Brooder

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    New Mother On The Way

    Recently my young Mille Fleur d'Uccle decided to take after her mother, and set. Her mother has had a good history of good hatches, so I'm hoping she's taken that ability from her mother.

    When I checked on day 1, she was setting on 18 eggs! Somehow, she managed to keep all 18 of those small precious eggs warm and covered, turning each on every few hours. So I could only hope for the best of luck and a good hatch.


    Candling

    I candled them today, on day four, and took some pictures. Eggs four, five, six, eight, ten, thirteen, sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen each showed a small embryo and spider veins. Two of them had what seemed to be blood rings, and when I cracked them open, I found it was true. So that left sixteen eggs still on the nest, minus nine that seemed to be coming along, leaving seven eggs that I was giving until day seven to show some promising signs. I will candle them on day seven, and that will be my big cull, removing any eggs that do not show signs of embryonic development.

    I plan for my candling to take place on days seven, eleven, fourteen, and seventeen. Removing bad eggs as I go along and keeping up with embryonic development. I am guessing about thirteen will hatch hopefully.

    Chicken and Egg sale

    Mother wants me to sell the eggs and chicks. This whole operation is supervised by myself, having built the coop, bought the chickens, and cared for them in every possible way, it is my responsibility. I am proud to be a sixteen year old chicken farmer!

    I've been debating over who to choose to incubate. I can chose from some pure-bred chickens, as we have a few groups, or just some chickens, if I could do some mixes. Our pure-bred couples consist of a Sultan and his hen, a Silkie rooster and his hen (Both black Silkies, she just hatched some chicks but I plan on keeping these for furthering our egg laying capability), a Polish rooster and four hens (Three brown and one silver), and two pairs of Mille Fleur d'Uccle couples. Our other hens and roosters consist of a White Silkie rooster, a Silver-Laced Wyandotte hen, a Ameraucana/Leghorn hen mix (Green eggs), an Eagle head hen (Not sure of her breed yet), and a Buff Orpington hen. We also have two female Guinea hens, but have had difficulty obtaining a male.

    Anyone want to help me decide who to incubate this time?


    Anyone else set eggs today or around this time, I would love to converse and see how your development is coming along compared to mine. Allow us to answer some questions as they appear and get to enjoy in each others hatch.
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2012
  2. SamJacobbe

    SamJacobbe Out Of The Brooder

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    I candled the eggs today while she was getting some food and water, and found four that showed no signs compared to the others. [​IMG] So now she is just setting on 12, and hopefully all of those will hatch. [​IMG]

    I did find something weird, egg number thirteen seemed to be farther developed compared to the other eggs, which worries me a bit. If that egg hatches before the others, will she still keep them warm in hopes of hatching them too? Or will she leave them, I want to know if I should be setting up my incubator. I don't want the other eleven to die!
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    I'm also letting her set in a bucket like structure hanging a few feet off the ground, should have moved it while she was just starting. [​IMG] Too far along now for her to quit, I'll have to wait for hatching day I guess.
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012
  3. SamJacobbe

    SamJacobbe Out Of The Brooder

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    So now she has 15 under her again, as my little brother placed more without me knowing and they already have veins. Looks like things are going well then, and I hope she is able to hatch out most.
     

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