California - Northern

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Nifty-Chicken, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. Meg2000000

    Meg2000000 Chirping

    May 15, 2012
    Concord, CA
    Oops. [​IMG]

    Sorry for loading up the thread guys!

  2. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg Premium Member Project Manager

    Mar 31, 2011
    Wodland, CA
    My Coop
    Wrap the bottom half with a wet paper towel. It is best for them to get out on their own--allows any yolk that has not absorbed to absorb and the moisture will often loosen them up. You may need to replace the towel in several hours. IF they do not get out of the shell by tonight then slowly work on getting it off of them.

    You are doing great with them too!
  3. Ali707

    Ali707 Songster

    Aug 30, 2010
    Magnolia, TX
    Hmmmm I am not certain about going from disability to unemployment, but if it was a leave of absence and he fully expected to be going back to work......I would apply anyway and tell them the situation and see what they do. All they can say is no, but if you explain it exactly that way it may work. He is able to work but there is no work at his place of employment so essentially he is laid off.

  4. chickee

    chickee Songster

    My experience with shipped eggs is that the ones that come from healthy parent stock give me a better hatch rate. There are so many variables, such as the age of the eggs (older eggs held during collection loose more moisture than the last eggs collected and that is why some eggs in the same batch hatch better than others) how the eggs are stored while being held during collection (being turned, kept cool at 55-65 degree temps and 40% humidity or more the longer the eggs are stored) how they are packaged for shipping, and of course the dreaded post office and how they handle the package during transit. And lastly, using a good quality incubator. I have found that I have gotten better hatches from eggs sent from certain states. The best have come from California, Georgia, Idaho and Michigan and surprisingly the worst from Oregon and Washington [​IMG] I got a 100% hatch of EE eggs from Georgia and the d'Anver eggs I have in the incubator now came from Georgia and 9 of the 12 (3 were clears all from the same pen so probably not fertile) are going strong. 8 out of 10 eggs hatched from both the eggs sent from Michigan and Idaho.

    Really, if you think about it, it is amazing that eggs sent through the mail hatch at all! [​IMG]
  5. zooweemama

    zooweemama Songster

    Happy to hear that. I had to open up periodically to snatch a hatchling, or move an egg (a soccer player flipped one under the turner), one baby got stuck under the turner...I was like geeze I was told not to open. It took almost 4 days for all the ducks to hatch. I was feeling really guilty.
  6. zooweemama

    zooweemama Songster

    Yay! I did this with one of the duck had pipped and there was a hole but it couldn't get out- the sac was drying around it. It had been two days...the membrane had pulled away from the shell too. So I pulled half the egg shell off, left the membrane intact and just covered with a warm damp paper towel. He finished the job after a couple hours. Whew! Glad to know I didn't totally bomb it!
  7. zooweemama

    zooweemama Songster

    All 3 frankenchicken eggs I set - hatched without aide. Whew! They are really cute- mutt or not. At least I know who the mom and dad are. No need for Maury on this one. :D

    Betty has 3 eggs that go into lockdown Wednesday (well I have her eggs lol). I am loving the pretty all black, loosely and softly feathered offspring she and Gary (my fbcm) have created so far. Hope these guys look just like them!

    Her pullets from the last hatch.


    Her son...he's a big boy for 10 weeks too. All black and so so soft.


    eta: not trying to win awards or anything. for the first time i am truly enjoying what i am doing and not stressed out by sop since these are only for me, for my backyard, for my eye, my table and my basket. :D
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2013

  8. zooweemama

    zooweemama Songster

    Confession....I recently realized I do not like to eat chicken eggs. Not the store ones, not mine. I do like duck eggs however (the chewier texture does not gag me lol). I have also learned my family mostly prefer duck eggs. So we have chickens...mostly because we want them I guess at this point haha! How weird are we? We just enjoy their presence, I sell off their eggs and buy more feed. haha!
  9. fatcatx

    fatcatx Songster

    LOL - not too wierd. We are just beginning to get into chickens - hubby building coop right now. Have always wanted some even though we hardly eat eggs. Country girl stuck in the city. Once all is said and done, these will be the most expensive "pets" we ever get! [​IMG]
  10. chiqita

    chiqita Crowing

    Aug 29, 2011
    San Jose, Ca
    Well, I didn't like duck eggs! I didn't eat eggs before we had chicken, only bought them for baking. I eat them because we have them. And sometimes I regret not incubation them....the only thing I eat without guilt are the icelandics!

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