Hatching Results for Serama Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by solomine, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Smooth

    6 vote(s)
    100.0%
  2. Frizzled

    5 vote(s)
    83.3%
  3. Silkied

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  4. Frizzled Silkied

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  5. Malaysian

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  6. Traditional

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  7. American

    3 vote(s)
    50.0%
  8. Pet Quality

    4 vote(s)
    66.7%
  9. Show Quality

    2 vote(s)
    33.3%
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  1. solomine

    solomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Everyone,

    I thought it might be interesting to see how well seramas hatch, especially after being shipped. I know that they're notorious for poor hatching rates, and I remember spending days poring over serama eggs and how to hatch them successfully. I was obsessed! I thought it would be cool to document our hatching experiences. This is highly variable and completely unreliable (lol), depending on fertility rates, how far they were shipped, how quickly they were shipped, weather, shipping & handling, forced-air/still-air... I could go on forever.

    This is mostly for fun, because our results would be so different, but might help out people in similar situations. If no one replies, I'll just be using this to keep track of my chicken incubating experiences :)

    #Eggs: 14 smooth & frizzle mix
    Price: $27 (a steal, IMO)
    Shipped: Yes, Priority Mail (2-days)
    Season/Weather: Summer (Early June)
    Distance: North Carolina to Missouri (halfway across the US)
    Arrival condition: 6/14 with detached air cells, otherwise in pristine condition
    Incubator/Broody: Brinsea Mini Advance (forced-air)
    Development: 7/14 developed
    Hatch day: Day 19
    Results: 4/14 hatched, all smooth feathered
    Hatch Rate: 4/14 = 28% (I saw on another post that someone had gotten 27% with their shipped eggs)
    Sex Ratio: 2 male, 2 female (50:50)
    Notes: I put detached air cell eggs upright into incubator in egg cartons; hand turned all eggs until no detached air cell eggs remained, as none of them developed


    Notes could be anything, such as blackouts, misting eggs with water, cooling times (I didn't do that)

    Might be forgetting some details here.. anything else important to add?
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. solomine

    solomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's an impressive hatch rate!! Maybe I'll use my silkie and silkie cross to hatch out a few of my eggs.. I think they're pretty dependable broodies thus far.
     
  4. Violetsrblu

    Violetsrblu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    #Eggs: 9 smooth Malaysian
    Price: $40 including shipping from eBay
    Shipped: Yes, Priority Mail (2-days)
    Season/Weather: Summer (mid June)
    Distance: South Louisiana to West Tennessee
    Arrival condition: 7/9 with detached air cells, no other problems
    Incubator/Broody: Farm Innovator 4200 with circulated air and auto egg turner
    Development: 8/9 developed
    Hatch day: Day 20
    Results: 4/9 hatched. Eggtopsy of unhatched, unpipped eggs revealed fully developed chicks with very small yolk sacs.
    Hatch Rate: 4/9 = 44%
    Sex Ratio: 2 male, 2 female (50:50)
    Notes: I let the eggs rest upright for over 24 hours before putting them into the bator. I followed the dry hatch method.


    I'm sure that home grown or local Serama eggs would have high hatch rates under a good broody. I let one of my broody Serama pullets keep 5 of her eggs and they all hatched.
     
  5. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkie hens are great with chicks. I'm still marveling that such a big hen could brood, hatch, and raise something so small. The only problem was that the hen was protective to the extreme. I could not really handle the chicks safely until they were weaned.
     

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