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Hello from San Diego

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RCraven, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. RCraven

    RCraven In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2017
    San Diego
    I currently have three, seven year old hens, two black australorp and one Ameraucana. The Ameraucana was the only survivor of 15 chicks sent through the mail--my first time (AND LAST TIME) ordering chicks through the mail. She had zero shipping stress despite all the others dying--strong chick. I ended up getting her a few friends from the feed store and they have been healthy and happy for seven years. This Ameraucana is incredibly vital, great forager, strong, tight, athletic body, easily lays better than the Australorps, very friendly and confident, alpha female, and her eggs are a beautiful green color. This spring she is laying an egg a day at seven years old.

    I have been wanting to continue her excellent genetics but couldn't find any local sources for high quality Ameraucanas so I ordered some BBS Ameraucana eggs through the mail a few weeks ago. Four out of seven developed and they are due to hatch in two days. I can barely stand the waiting. This is my first time incubating eggs and I have wanted to do this since I was a little kid. I turned 50 today. I keep telling the eggs to hurry up but that doesn't seem to be working. It is going to be hell watching them trying to hatch and knowing that I shouldn't try to help. I'm going to be a nervous dad for sure.

    None of the Welsummer eggs that I ordered were viable so if I am successful with this hatch I'm thinking of trying again in three weeks with some new Welsummer eggs.

    I have much more to share but I'll stop here. I'm looking forward to starting a breeding program and I'll be relying on your collective expertise to help me through. Thanks in advance! I'm looking forward to meeting you.


    ps--should I put a paper towel under the eggs before they hatch or is it okay for the new chicks to hatch onto wire? I'm worried about toes getting caught. I'm using a TurnX7 incubator.

  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Songster

    Feb 15, 2017
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Rick and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us.

    Incubating eggs always results in the longest three weeks known to mankind! If you are concerned about the wire, then sure, put some paper towels under the eggs (but be quick about it, so as to minimise the humidity loss). If you have any questions regarding hatching / assisting then please post on this forum for the best advice - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/5/incubating-hatching-eggs

    Reading through some of these threads may also be helpful - https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=assisted+hatching

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

    All the best and good luck with your hatch!
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, RCraven, and [​IMG]! It's great to have you in our flock! As you have already received some great advice and links from CTKen, I will wish you well and thank you for joining BYC! [​IMG]
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Happy birthday Rick and good luck with your hatch!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Happy Birthday Rick, AND Welcome to Backyard chickens. Sending Great Hatching vibes your way [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2017
  7. RCraven

    RCraven In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2017
    San Diego
    It worked! I heard a chirp! Ack! What do I do? What do I do? Somebody boil some water! Towels, I need towels! [​IMG]

    The first one pipped today, day 20, at around noon. The humidity is up to wet bulb 91 degrees and I know I won't be getting any sleep tonight.


  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Rick [​IMG] Welcome, Happy Birthday & Congratulations!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]

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