Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    Glad to have you along for the ride.

    Dusk is very short in the equatorial region of the world. Being less than 10 degrees from the equator we have essentially 12 hour days and 12 hour nights. With 30 minutes of twilight at each end.

    Most days here a beautiful. Today was more beautiful than most though. There was just enough cloud to make the sky pretty and the ocean was as blue as the postcards you see of the french riviera.

    As the kids have there outside shower returning from their evening swim, there is massive storm brewing in the north east. It will roll in with rain that can only be experienced in the tropics. I may have a cold rain shower as the water rolls off our corrugated roof. Sometimes its fun to be a kid - even when you are 50!!

    Of the 34 mutt eggs there are 28 chicks with 2 pips. If just those two manage to bust out of there calcium covered prisons, I will be very happy.

    The snob purebreds are still not doing much. Two wyandottes have pipped. I can hear chirping from a couple of marans and Australorps. The lone aussie that hatched is patiently waiting some mates to play with.

    Tomorrow I will put all dry chicks in the brooder. The following day I have to fly to Manila to attend s court hearing on our kids adoption. We will be back Sat morning for 30 hours before I return to Manila and back to Los Angeles, leaving my precious wife and kids to fend for themselves for a few months.

    The storm will be here in ten minutes. Lets hope we keep power or atleast enough phone signal to post this.

    ..... after 20 hits of the send button, it did not go through. Pretty typical of the internet here in the evenings.

    Dinner is ready. Sweet and sour pompano fish with local veggies and steamed rice. I will try again in 30 mins. The rain arrived.


    Its about an hour later. 7 pm. Another OGM chick has hatched. 3 more to go on that side with 2 on the lake elsinore side. One OGM has pipped. I will candle the last 4 mutt eggs tonight.

    During the first 18 days I had mixed the eggs in the bators. There were lake elsinore eggs in both. I did this to quality control the devices. So far I have good hatch rates from both so the delay is not caused by a difference in bator temps. Still its strange that the mutts and one aussie hatched up to 24 hours ago. The only difference between the eggs since I have had them in my possession is that the snobs traveled business class while the mutts were in the bowels of the 747.

    Its only 7 hours into day 21 so there is no concern for worry yet. Maybe they know where they are hatching and were told that its custom for the elite to be late to a party.....but jeeeeeez
     
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    After 90 mins of my wife and I praying to the patron saints of cell phoñe signal, it triple posted. Ah the life of a crazy chicken man.
     
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  3. Rockashelle

    Rockashelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great pictures! It sounds incredible there. It's freezing here. I'm in Washington State which is currently 29 degrees out. I look forward to the updates!
     
  4. ZakoHero

    ZakoHero Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well at least in Philippines you have cellphone Internet ,here in Algeria 2G is the best that they have got and it is crazy expensive .They say that there is going to be 3G in Q1 2013.But any ways happy hatching day!!! LOL!!!!!

    Sorry for this off topic question but I have 4 Hens and 1 Rooster that i got 2 1/2 weeks ago (I'm a starter so I don't have a lot of chickens but I'm getting more chickens,quails,turkeys and ducks.)and only one lays eggs every 2 days.I just got an incubator so how can i know if they are fertilized for them to hatch?Please Help!
     
  5. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    When you open an egg, if it is fertile there will be a tiny spot in the yolk. If your hens have just been with you that short a time I would wait to let them get up to seed.

    There are lots of threads on this topic. Sally Sunshines thread (she posts here) is a bible on every step of incubating.

    Good luck.

    As far as internet goes, the philippines embraced cell phone as infrastructure is cheaper than land lines and the copper wire does not get "recycled "
     
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  6. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations! So amazing!
     
  7. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

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    I saw you mention a possible trip to PA to retrieve some items from Sally on the next hatching adventure. I'm not far from her (just over an hour from Pittsburgh, PA) in Ohio. I have Silkies, Cochin Bantams & Old English Game Bantams & there is an Amish farm up the road from me with gorgeous Rainbow layers if you are interested should you happen to be in the area. I could ship as well, but pick-up may be better considering the journey they will have to make after. Here is a pic of the eggs from the Rainbow layers. I currently have 48 in the bator with all but 3-4 developing beautifully.

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  8. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    LOL I actually am working on the Hatching 101 article!!
    That wasnt on it, but now it is!! Thanks OZ

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    Is it Fertile or Infertile?


    To check the fertility, simply break an egg in a bowl. Find the white spot on the yolk. If you do not, use a spoon to gently flip the yolk over until you find it.
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    If the egg is fertile, the white mark will be nearly perfectly round and in the center it will be yellow; it will resemble a donut. If it is infertile, the white mark will not be very round, and in most cases, smaller than that of the fertile mark. If the egg is not fertile, the 'white mark' is called a "blastodisc". If the egg is fertile, the 'white mark' it is called a "blastoderm", and this means that cell division, because of fertilization, occurred​
     
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  9. Sally Sunshine

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  10. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    ANTS!!! OMG!!!
    GO OZ GO!!! I hope you have a safe trip!!
    I am sure Wifey and kiddos will take good care whilst your away!! That HAS TO S CK!
     

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