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Heyo from Maine

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BrieCheese23, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. BrieCheese23

    BrieCheese23 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone, I'm a Mainer in the middle of my very first hatch that's just my own. I always watched my mother's hatches growing up and decided I'm finally ready to try and go into small scale homesteading. I have eggs from D'uccles to Wyandottes (columbian and blue laced), and jumbo coturnix quails, plus duck mutts in the bator at the moment. The D'uccles are pretty much done hatching. We're at day 22 and the three eggs left in there show no signs of pipping, but I do have seven adorable fluffballs in the brooder and one not doing so well, hatched late chick who clawed his way out this morning, but is hardly moving. I also have seven quail brooding as well and a few more of them pipping. Today is day 18 for them and since there are 23 eggs, I'm hoping quite a few more will make it out. The silkies should begin hatching tomorrow with my wyandottes staggered throughout the week. The duck eggs will go into lockdown next week, so it's a busy month for me!
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If the one chick had such a rough hatch, he may be fine after he gets enough rest - and if the others don't trample him. Hatching out is exhausting to chicks even if they have a easy time of it.
     
  3. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us.

    The Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced poultry keepers - loads of info on anything poultry. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    These links may help you for the moment.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/getting-started-raising-chickens
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - just type the name of your state in the search box.

    All the best
    CT
     
  4. BrieCheese23

    BrieCheese23 Out Of The Brooder

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    Unfortunately my little chickie didn't make it through the night, but I had a total of 8 quails make it out with 5 more dead after pipping, two of whom had not absorbed the yolk fully yet even.
     
  5. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Sorry to hear that - onwards and upwards!

    Best wishes and best of luck

    CT
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. BrieCheese23

    BrieCheese23 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I almost removed my last five unhatched quail eggs from the bator this morning, only to see a few pips in the next wave of eggs in lockdown. I was worried the rotten ones might hurt the new chicks on their way out, but decided it was better to not open the lid and surprise surprise, two blue laced wyandotte chicks (supposed to be bantam wyandottes, but definitely not. Whoops) and...a quail pipping and alive! I'm now remembering there were three eggs that didn't fit in the first batch and went into the second bator three days later and I am soooo happy I didn't pull them this morning :D
     

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