Candling Report- Day 9- Could be better

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Buster, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Ok, I set 18 eggs 9 days ago. I candled them today and 9 are clear and 9 are growing. My rooster for this pen was about 10 months old at the time that these were set. Is he just young and not breeding much or should I be worried about his fertility? Is it just a winter thing that my fertility rate is down? He was in the pen with 4 hens. Suggestions?
     
  2. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd pop the clear eggs open and check for fertility before deciding that was the problem. Could they have started to freeze and killed the chick or anything else happen from laying to the first few days of incubating?
     
  3. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Good point. I know that we have had extremely low temps over the last month. Down in the single to negative digits. Thanks. I'll check for that the next time I open the bator.
     
  4. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    the weather probably has something to do with the fertility rate. if it's uber cold, then your little man may be slowing down. also, if the eggs got cold, that could affect the eggs maybe.
     
  5. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:My "little man" is 14 pounds! [​IMG]

    But I do see what you are saying. I'm giving everyone a break until spring now anyway.
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2009
  6. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    Quote:My "little man" is 14 pounds! [​IMG]

    well, then there's the problem, you have a turkey in with your chickens!

    how big are the girls???
     
  7. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    That's it! It MUST be a turkey!!!
    Here are a couple of pics of Diesel with his girls:
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  8. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    My opinion would be the time of year and temp.
     
  9. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    they are beautiful! he's a biggun'
     
  10. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Thanks!
     

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