Incubators Anonymous

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Auroradream26, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers Premium Member

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    That's a great goal to have :) super variety!

    I've found that the eggs that were shipped to me from 4 hours away looked just as bad if not worse than the ones shipped across the country from me and actualy had worse hatch rates. I'm not sure if that's a rare thing or had to do with bad packaging or what but I've decided that shipped eggs are shipped eggs and they're going to get knocked around no matter what lol.

    You really have it bad! I may not have much land but I'm thankful to be in an agricultural zone. I have, out in the main coop, 24 adults, 2 young silkies hatched in December (both suspected boys), and 15 black copper Marans chicks from NYD hatch and through February.
    In the big garage brooder I have about 22 chicks growing out. 1 rhodebar cockerel, 1 hatchery silkie, 1 rhode island red cockerel (was supposed to be a pullet), and a bunch of CCL.
    In the screen porch brooder, there are 9 poults growing out to join the 5 turkeys I already have (extra toms will go to freezer camp). The poults are mottled black, silver dappled, and 1 royal palm. Plus, there are 7 meaties in with them and 5 lavender ameraucana chicks.
    In the bedroom brooder, 8 little bantam polish, 4 bearded silkies, and 2 lavender ameraucanas are waiting to relocate to one of the brooders outside. For now, they're hanging out with all the Ams, EEs, and OEs that are for sale lol.

    Wow, I have more than I thought! I seriously need to get my breeding pens built so I can have more room to house all these chicks! They won't stay little for long!
     
  2. Jessimom

    Jessimom Cats Rule Dogs Drool

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    You are worse than me as far as numbers, i think. Just based on the sheer numbers you have hatched. I'm on 2 acres, about a mile from agricultural land. Even though my house used to be the main house for miles and miles of orchards, the orchard people sold off all the land surrounding our hill top house to medium density housing. (back in the 60's) I have 13 properties that touch my 2 acres.

    So far, there have been no complaints about my rooster crowing competition we have every afternoon.

    I need to muzzle them somehow.
     
  3. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers Premium Member

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    You have more land than I do lol. We have 1.3 acres but we have 1 neighbor next to us, a hunting cabin on the other side that is almost always vacant, 1 neighbor across the street and around the corner. Everything else is state game lands. Our flock rarely leaves our yard but when they do, they venture next door where the cabin is and out back to the woods where the compost pile is. Every once in a while I have to herd the turkeys back home from the neighbor's yard, only because they're super friendly and when they have the garage door open, the turkeys feel they should go visit lol. So far, none of the neighbors seem to mind them at all and love getting fresh eggs. My numbers won't be so high by the end of summer. I'll be cutting back dramatically and keeping only the best to breed next year. I think I'm just about done hatching for myself for this year. I just have to find the housing to grow them all out in til I get to pick through them.


    Speaking of hatching for myself, @duluthralphie, 5 eggs made it to lockdown. 1 of them I'm pretty sure is a quitterv but I'm going to give it a chance. I pulled two early quitters. I was going to check them to see if they were white sports but they were too yucky.
     
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  4. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

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    WHIMP!!!

    I would have checked them for you!
     
  5. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers Premium Member

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    Yes, I'm being wimpy tonight lol

    About a week until the Adam eggs should lock down right?
     
  6. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

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    Yea, I think so, I need to go look at the eggs one of these days...

    I am not a over-candler...LOL
     
  7. Jessimom

    Jessimom Cats Rule Dogs Drool

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    I checked a bunch of eggs that didn't develop - looked clear, but I was lazy and left them in until Lockdown (hoping I was wrong). I let them sit for about 4 days. When I cracked them open they were slightly stinky, but the yolk was ruptured in all 10. I couldn't see ANY white spot. But then again, I was a bit grossed out by the smell. These were shipped eggs, were they scrambled to start, or does the 15 days in a warm incubator, then another 4 just let the membranes get so loose, that they can't hold the yolk anymore?
     
  8. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

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    It is not a white spot we are looking for it is White Fuzz or feathers.. There is a mutant that comes every once in a while from these eggs. I am trying to find who the parents of the little mutants are.
     
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  9. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers Premium Member

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    I noticed lol. I'm dying to know how many developed after their encounter with USPS!
     
  10. Jessimom

    Jessimom Cats Rule Dogs Drool

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    Let me know how your USPS disaster is doing - if good, I will hold out hope for mine!
     

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