I got EGGS! (eggs set 7/14 at 11:00pm!!) :)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by itsy, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Woot! [​IMG]

    My local farmer friends were supposed to have sold me two dozen Polish incubating eggs. The weather here has been really hot - so they haven't been getting as many eggs. When I went to pick them up tonight they only had a dozen and were checking the boxes for a few more. All in all - I got 15 Polish eggs. I asked her if she had any other hatching eggs and if so - to throw them in and I'd buy those too (whatever they were.) To my surprise, she comes back with three Guinea eggs and three Royal Palm turkey eggs!!!!! Totally not what I was expecting - but I'm game!

    So we get to talking and I ask her how her sheep shearing went. She then offers me a "bag" of raw wool. So here I'm thinking this tiny ziplock. Nope. She brings me a garbage bag full of two complete sheep. I don't know the correct terminology for it, but I bet I'm going to learn quick. I knit and crochet, but have never touched raw wool before. It's beautiful greasy stuff and I LOVE THE SMELL.

    When I ask her how much for the eggs....she said THREE dollars! No way, I said. I tried offering her more money, but she didn't want to take it. So I gave her $6 for the eggs because that's how much her husband wanted originally and it's what I agreed upon. She gave me the sheep wool at NO CHARGE! [​IMG]

    They're such nice folks.

    She also offered me however many Polish roos I wanted and one of her many cats. lol.

    She's already washed some of the eggs and told me to wash the others. I don't know HOW to do that. I guess I'll search about that on here! I asked her if they could be incubated together because I've read otherwise (on here) and she told me to stop being a worry wart and to "just do it." She said they incubate everyone together all the time and have no issues. She said if I have problems to just come back and she'll give me more eggs. This is going to be my first hatch!!!!

    She also said to let them rest for at least 24 hours to 4 days before setting them.

    Anyone have any tips? [​IMG] The more I talked to her the more she told me to calm down and "just do it." I was nagging her about humidity, etc. She told me not to be so precise and just trust it will work. It's hard for me to do that!
     
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  2. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice neigbor![​IMG]
     
  3. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes!!!! [​IMG] I'm so excited. I want them to hatch tomorrow.
     
  4. Lil'ChickFarm

    Lil'ChickFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well that was a blessing, but the "trust that they will work" doesn't always happen. My last two were funk. I tried to do everything right in my second clutch and all shrink wrapped.
    So today I went and bought silkie CHICKS and I can't wait to get them. This time they should be alive!
    I went with the dry hatch method and the babies were all formed, but my humidity dropped in lock down. I needed to put in a sponge,. After I put the sponge in, the humidity was great.
    I would recommend those instructions if you can search for them.
    A friend of mine is giving me a dozen EE's to hatch next week, just so i can get it right this time. I can't keep all the EE's if they do hatch, but people around here buy chicks, so I will offer them on craigs list. I just have to find out that I can hatch right. Let's hope I don't end up keeping them all as with 15 silkies coming, and the five mutt chicks I have now, I will be full up!! lol.
    Congrats on your find. The sheeps wool is a great find. I would use it to make doll rooting hair, lol. Enjoy your farming. [​IMG]
     
  5. joe17

    joe17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats! You do know that hatching turkey and guinea eggs are different than chickens?
     
  6. peterlund

    peterlund Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are a talented seamstress! I am a rough and tumble guy, and I would look odd holding your handbag, but I do know how to sew and your work is fabulous!.... And really inexpensive!
     
  7. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Joe - I'm aware of that. I'm still going to give it a go, though. We'll see what happens!

    Peter.... Thank you!!!!!!
     
  8. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just set all the eggs [​IMG]

    I hope the turkey eggs don't mess up the auto-turner. We shall see.
     
  9. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The turkey eggs are turning fine.

    I just candled all of the chicken eggs and it looks like they're all fertile. Some of them are showing veining and I can see a PINHEAD of a heartbeat in another.

    The turkey eggs are looking good, but no veining yet. The two guinea eggs look different - one may not be fertile, not sure.

    A couple of the chicken eggs look to be cracked (upon candling.) Not sure what to do about it? Toss them before the chick grows further? Elmer's Glue?

    If anyone reads this, could you tell me what "shrink wrapping" means? I've seen it in several posts, but I'm not sure what it's referring to. I'm sure this has been asked before, but seeing as this post already exists, I'm not making another one for the topic.... [​IMG]
     
  10. calgal98

    calgal98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Toss any cracked eggs...Period. Not worth the exploding mess further down the line.
     

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