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

    Thanks for the encouragement Phage

    I understand that this hatch could go on for days and I am prepared for that. Especially since I have eggs from so many sources. Some breeds such as RIR, PBR, Serama and Lavender Orps come from two different suppliers.

    Things over all are going great. There are not a large number of eggs that have pipped and stalled. Typically I would expect to see egg lots mostly all pip within 18 hours of each other.

    The daylight assessment in an hour or so will be revealing on the remaining eggs of the groups that started to pip yesterday. I have no concerns for the ones that are just starting or have not even pipped yet.

    I agree though with the banties. Normally they would be on their way by now but Marans - well they are simply a pain in the ***. Additionally,12 Marans and 12 Wellies did not make it to LAX as they were destroyed by USPS. I have a dark egg curse. Debs wellies I tried to hatch locally suffered from a 9 hour power failure in Anahein! I do have a superb young BCM roo that hatched in Jan who I would like to get a couple of pullets for.

    Starting egg counts are important to make decisions on future deliveries, but a breeding trio or quad of a breed is one of my end point metrics. With 10 eggs of a breed laying locally each week, I can establish it in no time.

    This was also Bernie's first attempt at candling and I only could describe development. He could distinguish clears but we could not get into late quitters. He has done so well.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2013
  2. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist

    Aug 1, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Bernie is doing super well!
    Seramas are always tough. Pretty sure this is overall going to be an awesome hatch.

    Waiting like everyone else for updates [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    The Seramas were a whimsical acquisition.I know they are buggers to hatch. I have the Sebrights hatching so my banty lines are on their way. There were just a couple of banty cochins ans the banty Kev eggs.
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    18 hours into day 20

    Hatched 34

    1 Andalusian
    1 Black Bresse
    3 Kevs Mystery Eggs
    9 BBS Orpingtons
    15 from the Barred Rocks / RIR / Lavender Orpington - sounds like some of each
    4 Giant Jersies
    1 Golden Sebright
  5. kaybee123

    kaybee123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2013
    I'm going to guess the surprise is a type of quail or turkey or duck!!!! ;). I know too many guesses and not specific. Maybe burbon red turkeys!
  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    actually they are chickens. there are 2 black and 1 yellow
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2013
  7. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    i'll be keeping track of the progress [​IMG]
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    The BO are under the plywood door in the center of the bator so they are tough to see but there are pips!
  9. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    competition rules

    you can change your guess with each clue

    last clue was...............

    2 chicks are black. 1 is yellow
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2013
  10. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    i'm sure they will open up that plywood door when they are ready to come out & see the world[​IMG]

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