Hatch Rate Question and CHICK PIX!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LukeandAli, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. LukeandAli

    LukeandAli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just finished my first hatch early this week (so happy to have "home grown" chicks). I had started with 12 eggs that I bought from a lady on craigslist.org. Well, we weren't sure what the fertility would be like and, with us being newbies, we really weren't expecting much from our first attempt at incubating. Lo and behold, on day 21 we had one pip and on day 22 we had 5 adorable fluffy butts. I did a snatch and grab and put the chicks in the brooder and left the other eggs to have a little more time. Well, today I checked the fertility of the eggs before I tossed them and only one of the seven that didn't hatch was fertile and that one quit early (somewhere around day six[?]....maybe earlier). Now that I know only six were fertile, I feel pretty good about getting five to hatch.

    My question is this: when you figure out your hatch rate (percentage) do you use the total number of eggs you tried or do you use the number of eggs that you verified as fertile? I'm assuming it's the later; but, I wanted to be sure.

    Using the number of fertile eggs, our hatch rate is 83.33....% on our first hatch (woohoo!!!!). Using the number of total eggs attempted, it's 41.66....%.

    I'm pretty sure I already know the answer; but, I wanted to check with the experts. [​IMG]


    Here are a few pix of my chicks (just because they're so cute!).
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  2. redhen689

    redhen689 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not eggspert when it comes to hatch rates... but think you are correct in your logic. You've done realy well!

    Your chicks are cute!
     
  3. LukeandAli

    LukeandAli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! We think they're pretty cute, too. [​IMG] DH likes them so much he's going to let me get a couple more at the farm store (for the baby....riiiight). [​IMG] I'm just not going to be the one to remind him that he's going to have to build me that bigger coop he promised me! [​IMG]

     

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