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. ChickenFox

    ChickenFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Finally finally caught up! I have to say Oz you are an inspiration! I wish you continued luck with your flock and a quick resolve to the adoption! *returning to lurker mode*
     
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Awe shucks

    I am glad you came out of lurker mode- even if its momentary. Welcome
     
  3. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    The final candling _ day seven was pure carnage. we wend from 133 chicken eggs to 49. Loads of clears, some blood rings. Whole breeds gone. - No Brahmas or swedish flowers made it. Add to that most of the turkey eggs, some of the ducks and a few peafowl and there were 150 eggs in the discard pile. Mrs Oz went weak at the knees to think of all my efforts shot sown with 3 AAA batteries and a light emitting diode.

    For me - it was business as usual. Bernie know knows the difference between a viable and a blood ring.It also makes me feel better that they were not killed by us - more likely by the heat wave temps in the USA during transit and the damages associated with air travel.

    We started with 384. Down to 230. The Partridge are hard to candle so I expect a lot of late loss there.

    If the 49 chicken eggs turn into 30 chicks I will be over the moon.

    The adventure continues

    Breed incubation time Abbv Expecting Arrived Set 7 days Lockdown Hatched
    Peafowl - Black Shouldered 28 PF-BS 6 6 6 4
    peafowl - Mixed 28 6 6 6 4
    peafowl - Mixed 28 PF-BL 6 6 6 5
    Turkey - Eastern Wild 28 TE 24 18 17 5
    Turkey - Narraganset 28 TB 12 12 12 3
    Duck - Pekins 28 D-P 6 8 8 4
    Duck - Jumbo Pekin 28 D-JP 24 20 19 16
    Duck - Ruoen 28 D-R 20 20 20 12
    Duck - Welsh Harlequin 28 D-WH 16 16 16 11
    Guinea Fowl 28 G2 36 40 40 32
    Guinea Fowl 28 G1 30 34 34 24
    Chukar Partridge 24 CP 50 62 61 61
    silkie/sizzle 21 SS 12 12 11 3
    swedish flower hens 21 SF 10 11 11 0
    Light Brahmas 21 B 12 13 13 0
    Blue Andalusians 21 AN 16 18 18 3
    Lemon Cuckoo Orpingtons 21 LO 12 12 12 7
    Americaunas 21 A2 24 30 29 16
    Americaunas 21 A1 16 15 14 8
    Breda Fowl - Blue 21 BF 12 12 12 9
    Wellsummers 21 W 12 13 13 3
    362 384 378 230
     
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  4. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist

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    Awesome peafowl stats!!!

    Fabulous looking Gecko!

    Love the chick pix! (we need more, we need more, we need more, we need more, we need more, we need more, )

    And I know exactly where that nn BLRW came from!!
     
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  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Maybe I can deflect some of Mrs. Oz's consternation - if you tell her all those losses pale to stepping on a chick and killing it, like that crazy grey-eyed BYCer.

    Yup. Milling mass of chicks didn't all part the way I anticipated when I {I thought} I needed to get somewhere quickly. One of Sparkle's current four.

    I just hate the death flap, after which you know there's nothing to be done.

    At least it was a cockerel.......


    :oops:

    Oz, I know you expend a whole lotta time, effort and expense on your Endeavors - far beyond my paltry experiences, BUT I approach each hatch with the clear expectation of nothing hatching. Each live hatchling is a miracle of nature, certainly nothing I could possibly create on my own.

    Hmmm. Prolly doesn't make sense. Never mind. Move along, nothing to see here.
     
  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    yup - at least it was a cockerel

    after a zero hatch one time, i treat all hatches as you do. I am still trying to maximize my technique though.
     
  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    the nn are very cute. the black one is very black I will go through the pics and try and get a pick of the other nn. I could not get a decent pic of the splash marans, the best I could do was its butt and very feathered legs.

    The peafowl could be brilliant or aweful. They had hints of life but not bursting with veins. I will have Bernie re-candle them in a week but I am quietly hoping
     
  8. ChickenFox

    ChickenFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Keeping my fingers crossed for you
     
  9. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

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    the splash marans

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    black nn

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    white "bengala" (guinea fowl)
     
  10. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens

    For me - it was business as usual. Bernie know knows the difference between a viable and a blood ring.It also makes me feel better that they were not killed by us - more likely by the heat wave temps in the USA during transit and the damages associated with air travel

    It looks like Bernie is going to be the local chicken 'go to' man, might want to up his pay a bit!

    Scott
     

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