First hatch just entered lockdown!!! (Hello All :) )

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Vyne, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Vyne

    Vyne Chirping

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    I have never had chickens, I have always been fascinated by the development that goes on in all creatures born from eggs. I loved (and still love) silkie chickens, especially the ginger ones. I tried to hatch silkie chicks in a homemade incubator over 5 years ago and failed miserably. Now older and wiser I have decided to use a bought (secondhand) incubator and hatch six welsh harlequin/peking duck cross eggs. All six were posted, all six were fertile, all six have made it to lockdown (with normal aircells) and now at day 25 two eggs have external pips and are peeping. (trying to distract myself from looking at them every 30 seconds by writing this introduction)

    Currently I have no chickens, but my sister (who lives half a block away) has two brown shavers (rescue chickens), living in the city, it puts restrictions on the amount of birds we can house.

    Since before I got my duck eggs I was googling every little thing trying to prepare myself as much as I could. I found myself time after time being directed here. While chickens are quite a bit different to ducks the basic process of yolk absorption, shrinking of veins and general egg health is quite similar. I read so much I wanted to be part of the community. I wanted to share my newbie experiences of this hatch and try to help out with what I learned from my hatch.


    My other hobbies are mainly anything craft. I love to try new things, recently I learnt how to crochet just for the sake of it. I do a lot of polymer clay jewelry, paper mache projects, cross stitch, sewing, upcycling and those diamond painting things. I also enjoy computer gaming, all sorts of puzzles and reading.

    Lastly, my family consists of my husband, our daughter (14) and our three sons (7,5,3). The children are all excited about the prospect of ducklings, being a realist though I also warned them of potential problems the ducklings may have surviving. I also help to run a cat/kitten rescue, so with 3 cats of my own and 4 rescue cats/kittens about the house I have set myself a great challenge of making sure the two parties do not meet.

    I am so grateful to everyone on here that has shared information, I am sure I would not have gotten this far without it. Great to meet you all.
     
  2. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

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    Welcome to BYC! Good luck on your duckling hatch! It sound's like you are keeping yourself pretty busy over there!
     
  3. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Free Ranging

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    awesome clear.gif !!!

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    We like ducks, too!! duckquack.gif
    Glad you joined the group. What an exciting adventure for you and your kids to experience the incubation and hatching process... I am not brave enough to do that yet!
    Best wishes for success shamrock.gif
     
  4. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. I hope that all goes well with your hatch :fl

    This is a useful link of BYC guides to take a look at announcements-feedback-issues-guides.3 (there's a guide on how to include your location under your avatar - including your location is very helpful). You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find your State's thread.

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
  5. Vyne

    Vyne Chirping

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    Thank you heaps, believe me DH was not impressed by the idea when I produced the incubator lol. He is now fully on bored though (being he had to listen to me harping on about random duck facts I had learnt in the last 30+ days). I am excited and nervous all at the same time about the hatch, still only the two pips, but ducks take their sweet time apparently and one of the two pipped at the wrong end but is peeping so going to give him the benefit of the doubt at the moment. I will post more pictures once things get a little more interesting. My bater is hard to see though so makes pictures while locked down a little difficult.
     

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  6. Vyne

    Vyne Chirping

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    Thanks :) me too. I am a little far away I think from every one here (I'm over in New Zealand) but I love reading these forums, a much wider range of information here as well.
    I have added my location though, I think it should be visible.
     
  7. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

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    It look's like your doing good, so far! I recently hatched out some chicken eggs over here myself. I had to force myself to put away my incubator's (I have 2), as I am a hatch-a-holic!
     
  8. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    There are quite a few Kiwis and Aussies here. In fact, there are members from countries far and wide, so please make yourself at home. You can reach out to fellow Kiwis on this forum - Where am I? Where are you!

    And yes, your location is now under your avatar :thumbsup
     
  9. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Queen Of The Coop

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    So nice to meet you! Lovely introduction
    Welcome to BYC! :celebrate
     
  10. Feather Hearts

    Feather Hearts Crowing

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    Hello! Welcome to BYC, it's great to see another New Zealander on here! Believe it or not, there a handful of others BYC-ers that are also from NZ :)Good luck with your hatch, I have babies hatching left, right, and center at the moment!
     

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