Final stats on Broody Dorking hatch!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jenichick, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. jenichick

    jenichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, Miss Pidge did an excellent job on hatching her babies DH says we need to take her out for a steak this weekend. Here is how it worked out.

    She went broody after laying 10 beautiful white eggs. She wouldn't get off the nest. I put 11 eggs from our Buttercup Roo, RIR Roo and SLW roo, mixed with White rocks and Black Sex links under her. We noticed 2 additional eggs layed under her 5 days after the start.

    She had a total of 13 eggs under her after sitting for 6 days. On day 21 she hatched a cutie little butter cup babie chick, then another day 22, and by day 29 she'd hatch a total of 6 cute little mixed mutts, and had one die at hatch for a total of 7.

    Today I got home from work and Miss Pidge was off the nest and eating, drinking and socializing in the run, it was cold today only 50. I knew she still had 6 eggs under her this morning, I went to her nest and sure enought there were 6 very cold eggs.

    I almost tossed them into the woods then I rememeber DH wanted to know what was in them. I set them aside til he got home. He took the eggs to the edge of the woods and cracked them one by one. We had a total of 5 none fertile and 1 undeveloped embryo. So out of 13 eggs she hatched 6 heathly, 1 died at hatch, 1 undeveloped and 5 infertile. I calcutated out of 10 eggs we would get 4-5 healthy chicks. I wasn't too far off.

    It's so good to see her out of the nest eating, drinking and socializing!

    Now I have 6 mutts, 15 new bantams in the brooder and 15 eggs in the bator, where to put them all......we're designing a bantam coop and run as I speak. I think he's catching the bug, ha ha.

    Happy Chickening!! [​IMG]
     
  2. Go Miss Pidge!! Good save!!
    I missed if you are hen-raising or hand-raising the chicks.
    I have some stellar broodys here and some I wouldn't trust with my pet rock.

    Lisa
     
  3. jenichick

    jenichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After It seemed like the first one was getting smothered I moved to the brooder, then the second one died, so after that I took each one as it was hatched. So I have all 6 in one half of the brooder and 15 bantams on the other side of the brooder. I'm going to hand raise them until they are big enough to move in with the others, then I'll have them in a dog crate in the coop until they've all had a chance to get to know each other.

    Hopefully we'll be workin on our expansion by then.....! [​IMG]
     

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