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Emu Hatch-a-long 2012

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by Yoda, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    they are on the lower side.. but should still hatch fine. It could be the first year for the female's eggs... I know last year the larger eggs that I got were all pretty early in the season with the smaller eggs being from younger birds and a little later in the season. I think the largest ones came from a female that was about 15 years old... so [​IMG]

    Weight loss is looking good so far though! [​IMG]
     
  2. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    but what will I do with MORE boys?????


    *sighs*


    I am tempted to try eggs from California again... but I had 0 luck with them last year
     
  3. Calla

    Calla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't you get eggs more local ? and then collect, posting fertile Eggs is very risky..
    Calla
     
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  4. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    There are three people that I know of with breeding pairs.. and a fourth that has a pair that we suspect is same sex since they haven't laid any eggs
    The problem is that they don't bother to tell me that they found eggs until several weeks have past and the eggs are weeping. I got several last year and most started weeping when I put them in the bator. It's a shame.. but what can you do when emu egg hunting is low on their priority list. I can't really complain since MOST of the local eggs were given to me.. So I do still have the shells for carving. I just wish I could get the eggs as soon as they are laid.
     
  5. Calla

    Calla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One consolation at least you have the shell for carving lol
    I have still 5 more shells waiting to carve or decorate, eggs I bought and not fertile, ha ha
     
  6. Yoda

    Yoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you mean it weighs 572 after being in the incubator for a week? It should not lose 14 grams in one day?

    Thanks for the reply Yinepu I really appriciate it !!!
     
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  7. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I've got four eggs on my counter......lol
     
  8. Calla

    Calla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 4 Eggs in my small incubator, 2 more waiting to go in, when 8 will move them to larger Inci. I had an egg from Rosie only 2 days interval , the 1st 2 were every 5 days, according to my 2 previous years record, it was similar, but never just after 2 days...mostly 3 days, is she competing with the other new laying girl Jasmine ?? lol
    Only 2 boys so far ha ha ( don't ask me how I know ) lol
    Calla
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  9. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    after a week, I weighed/put it in Saturday, but forgot last saturday to weigh, so I weighed it on sunday.
     
  10. Calla

    Calla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Farmer chef ..... never mind.......I guess 1 day won't matter, I never used to weigh eggs , they still hatched lol . When I got my 1st Emu eggs, a Lady I got 6 Rhea eggs from, some years back...said to weigh them...so I put one EMU egg on my very old kicthen scale...... while I reached for next.......Promptly tipped tray and fell on floor lol end of story.

    For Newbies who incubate Eggs 1st time.....or had bad luck in past and yet Eggs were fertile.


    If you have to hand turn egg or moving eggs out onto scales, make sure to put egg back same way, don’t keep turning them in one direction, but back to the original position or opposite, if turning is due and be quick doing it.,because you will tangle the cord that holds the yolk in place and kill the embryo. The less disturbance the better.

    I genty tilt and turn my eggs, back and forth, so never have to open Incubater, just quick syringe water in wells, when needed..
    Aim to turn an odd number of times through the day so the eggs don’t lie on the same side every night.
    Calla
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012

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