Jackie's Great Adventure, 1st time hatching eggs Ongoing post here!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Maryallison77, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I hope some members here at BYC will share this with me. I have had a few other posts about my chicken Jackie and when she went broody.

    So My Japanesse Bantam Jackie went broody about 2 months ago. Recently I bought her some eggs off a very nice woman on E-bay. I have never done this before! Few weeks ago I didn't know I could give Jackie eggs--haha [​IMG]

    So this is our cute little chicken adventure! Let's see if Jackie can hatch out the eggs!

    Here is Jackie in the nestbox before she had the eggs:

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  2. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

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    Awww, so cute !!! I hope she can [​IMG] [​IMG]

    She looks like she would be a good mama hen !!

    Keep us updated !!
     
  3. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Has she been broody for these past 2 months? If so, that's some dedication! I'm surprised she didn't go purchase her own eggs from Ebay before now. It's always so impressive how these hens can just set for so long, so calm & quiet, without TV or magazines or knitting or cigarettes, simply self-contained in The Broody Zone. Although actually, they're in a state of quiet alertness -- just try to disturb them & you'll get a face-full of defensive Mama hen!

    Do let us know how she progresses. It's always fun to watch a Mama hen with baby chickies. I have several mixed-breed bantam hens that keep going broody. For a while I would discourage them by putting them in a separate wire-bottomed cage. Then I decided I should be letting these bantams hatch out eggs from my standard-breed layers. There's sure to be folks willing to buy the pullets, & the cockerels are good enough for the table.

    Right now I have 3 hens with chicks and 3 more setting on eggs. I think one is due to hatch on Thanksgiving, the others due a few days before & after. There are also 2 other bantams laying in a hidden spot behind the duck house. I have marked 4 of the eggs there, and keep taking the 2 newest eggs out each day. I wonder which one will eventually set in that spot, or if they'll set together, or right next to each other.
    Congratulations on your eggs, Jackie, have a great set & 100% hatch! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here we are at day 5! Eggs seem nice and warm everytime I scope them out! The only time I get to look at them is when I feed the chickens and she comes down to eat for like a minute! She does not stay gone long--haha! [​IMG] So all is seeming good I guess. Oh I forgot to mention that she is sitting on 7 Americanna eggs. And she seems to cover them just fine! Iwa nta to candle them last night, but it was kinda cool outside and I was ready to get back to the house. [​IMG]
     
  5. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's right cute on her nest!!! Hope the eggs hatch for you and Jackie!!!
     
  6. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes Sunny she has been broody for like 2 months. I read about people using the wire bottom cages to break them of it and almost did that. Then I thought to myself how fun this could be!

    Here are some more pics of our little adventure here!

    Here are the eggs soon as I opened them from E-bay:

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    I numbered the eggs and put them in the nestbox, I put the large sides up, but Jackie moved them soon after

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  7. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few more pics of my mom to be (fingers crossed!) This is her sitting on the eggs.....looking determinded!

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    And this is a picture of Lacy sitting on Jackie. For some reason the nestbox jackie picked is a favorite amung the chickens! For some reason they just sit on Jackie and lay eggs--hehe! It is funny to see!

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  8. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a flashlight behind the eggs on 11-11-08 and this were my results....remember I have never done this before and this was my kids flashlight I used--haha [​IMG]

    Jackie has 7 eggs and here is what I think I saw

    egg 1 looks solid

    egg 2 looks like there is something in it

    egg 3 looks like something is in it

    egg 4 looks good like something is there

    egg 5 is solid looking

    egg 6 solid

    egg 7 is really hollow looking

    Now I have no clue what this means, but by keeping track I might know next time.
     
  9. dancingchicken77

    dancingchicken77 Out Of The Brooder

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    what a sweet, mothery little hen jackie is [​IMG]
     
  10. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANKS!!! [​IMG]
     

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