Hi BYC! I need help with my next breed/breeder selection!

mrskenmore

Songster
7 Years
Apr 21, 2014
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Thanks Lizzy!

This is great information- I wish I had the courage to incubate- it could be a really good winter project for me. I just don't know how I would stomach any hatchlings that dont make it- or if I get 12 roosters! How many eggs to you incubate to get a success rate?
 

Lizzy733

Crowing
Nov 13, 2018
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1,790
251
New Zealand
Thanks Lizzy!

This is great information- I wish I had the courage to incubate- it could be a really good winter project for me. I just don't know how I would stomach any hatchlings that dont make it- or if I get 12 roosters! How many eggs to you incubate to get a success rate?
In the past, I've always given them to my silkie. She's had two hatches: first 3/4 were successful and second, 7/7 made it with one assist. Eggs were picked up, not shipped.

This time, I've gotten shipped eggs - 22 total. I'm only 8 days in and have lost a few - the campines have been the easiest to see through. Two were infertile and one blood-ringed around day 4. (It's a bit sad, there is an obvious little baby in there when cracking them open). All the other campines are looking great.

The Orpington eggs may be light brown, but their shells are very thick, which has made it hard to really see their development. There are 5 on my 'watch list' from them. There's also a fair few detached air cells and a saddled egg or two for them (they came from further away), but they're otherwise growing and losing weight as expected.

They're due for a check-in candle later today - waiting on it to warm up a bit.

Our 5 year plan involves getting a lifestyle block and expanding into pheasants, geese etc... I want turkey and my husband wants emu.

We've had to do our first home-kill last month since we've been in lockdown and our 3 year old shaver was ill and getting worse and worse. We didn't want her to suffer and it's really hard to do when it's a pet, but it was necessary. I couldn't see her coming back from it as she was showing signs of organ failure and all her sister shavers have died this year as well (tumors and hunger strike)

I don't think we'll need to cull any chicks; typically we have friends interested or they should sell for a pretty penny on the local market considering their bloodlines and rarity. *Quality eggs are much cheaper than chicks or grown pullets - $5 an egg for what would likely be a $60+ pullet at 6-8wks. (At least for pricing here in NZD)

We will be trying out the incubator with quail next and those will be food - though we are also limited to 6, so will be at most, one dinner a month. That'll be more for gaining additional experience in hatching and processing than anything else.
 

Lizzy733

Crowing
Nov 13, 2018
1,013
1,790
251
New Zealand
In the past, I've always given them to my silkie. She's had two hatches: first 3/4 were successful and second, 7/7 made it with one assist. Eggs were picked up, not shipped.

This time, I've gotten shipped eggs - 22 total. I'm only 8 days in and have lost a few - the campines have been the easiest to see through. Two were infertile and one blood-ringed around day 4. (It's a bit sad, there is an obvious little baby in there when cracking them open). All the other campines are looking great.

The Orpington eggs may be light brown, but their shells are very thick, which has made it hard to really see their development. There are 5 on my 'watch list' from them. There's also a fair few detached air cells and a saddled egg or two for them (they came from further away), but they're otherwise growing and losing weight as expected.

They're due for a check-in candle later today - waiting on it to warm up a bit.

Our 5 year plan involves getting a lifestyle block and expanding into pheasants, geese etc... I want turkey and my husband wants emu.

We've had to do our first home-kill last month since we've been in lockdown and our 3 year old shaver was ill and getting worse and worse. We didn't want her to suffer and it's really hard to do when it's a pet, but it was necessary. I couldn't see her coming back from it as she was showing signs of organ failure and all her sister shavers have died this year as well (tumors and hunger strike)

I don't think we'll need to cull any chicks; typically we have friends interested or they should sell for a pretty penny on the local market considering their bloodlines and rarity. *Quality eggs are much cheaper than chicks or grown pullets - $5 an egg for what would likely be a $60+ pullet at 6-8wks. (At least for pricing here in NZD)

We will be trying out the incubator with quail next and those will be food - though we are also limited to 6, so will be at most, one dinner a month. That'll be more for gaining additional experience in hatching and processing than anything else.
Oh and out of the group of 7, SLW, 5 were boys. I felt really guilty cause we kept one pullet and all the others went to a friend of a friend who was hoping for lots of girls :(

Bad ratios just happen sometimes.
 

PasoRoblesEgger

Songster
May 30, 2020
122
124
128
Central Coast-California
Thanks Lizzy!

This is great information- I wish I had the courage to incubate- it could be a really good winter project for me. I just don't know how I would stomach any hatchlings that dont make it- or if I get 12 roosters! How many eggs to you incubate to get a success rate?
I bought a dozen Pita Pinta eggs this year. They hatched on Mother's Day. Eight out of 10 hatched, I lost two over the summer, but have six beautiful hens which started laying last week. Sweet temperament and beautiful to look at. I have a Brinsea incubator, use the dry hatch method and only added water on lockdown. Try it, you'll love the experience I promise! https://sunbirdfarms.com/2020/04/pita-pinta/
 

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