Late Feburary-Early March 2016 Hatch-A-Long!

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by MadamPoofyBrow, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. This is my first time

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  2. Two

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  3. Three

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  4. Four or five

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  5. Five to ten

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  6. Ten to twenty

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  7. Twenty to fifty

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  8. Fifty or more

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  1. Purpletie3

    Purpletie3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lots of ice out there now...be super careful! We are taking falls all over the place at our farm too.
     
  2. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My thinking about the eggs that quit. I don't believe it was bacterial, no signs of it. But even though I only set the ones that were warm or cool, maybe they did get too cold before set. I did a bit of an experiment and put some in my freezer. When the eggs got close to the 39°-40° zone the yolk changed consistency when warmed back up. All membranes stayed intact and it wasn't a huge difference, but noticeable to the eye when cracked open. Maybe it degraded the cellular structure enough..... (Big guess only)
    Moving on from that, I just set 3 eggs. 1 laid inside and 2 in the coop and were still warm and laid within the half hour. So they won't be part of this HAL, except to keep the other 2 eggs company!
     
  3. sharonmc2002

    sharonmc2002 Out Of The Brooder

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    I believe that may be the case with mine as well. Still have in the incubator that have blood vessels but do not seem any bigger than they did several days ago. May put some more in and see if the new ones will do better.
     
  4. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine went from being fine one day, gone the next. These new 3 were laid under very good conditions. We'll see how it goes..,
    Good luck on yours. Hope they make it!!!!
     
  5. HerbGir1972

    HerbGir1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lockdown tonight 7 out of 18
    Our chickies have slowed with the frosty snap. But we've got 18 more ready and whatever we pick up over the weekend. Ready to reset #2 fertility check from our EE pen.
     
  6. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck!!![​IMG]
     
  7. Purpletie3

    Purpletie3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a theory out there about hatching eggs that had already been refrigerated. That the females are the only ones that hatch. I did set 3 dozen refrigerated eggs last Spring and I had about 1/3 of them hatch. Your guess is as good as mine here...experiment experiment experiment!

    I am sorry you lost your hatch...[​IMG]

    Best of luck on your lockdown! [​IMG]



    I candled yesterday a little bit:
    My sisters speckled sussex are a no go. They were in the fridge for a bit...but, I had to try.
    The spitzhaubens are looking good. May be about 6 eggs which are not developing.

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    My favorite hen Amelia (This is not her pic but the Farm parent to her) and her eggs are fertile!!! I have been trying to hatch her offspring all last year and no development. This year those little silkie sizzle eggs are fertile. Can't wait to see what pops out there! She's in a pen with a ton of different colored silkies and on Cemani...Should be interesting!
    I think I set like 15 of her eggs and most of them were showing vein development! So cool!

    The White pavs are developing too and the other are dark...like a BCM egg that I can not see in.

    Exciting stuff!
     
  8. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've hatched from the fridge too. There's a Trader Joes thread here that's very cool to follow. It's how I ended up with LouLou the house duck...
    I've got 5 more in the bator that I collected yesterday. Each one collected within a half hour of laying and one was even laid in a cage inside.... (My white mallard Peep had been inside away from the boys overnight!)
    Hoping for the best....
     
  9. Purpletie3

    Purpletie3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I followed that TJ thread for a while. Even bought eggs there and where I purchased they were not fertile. bummer! How do you like the duck eggs? Do you eat them and use them for baking? I heard they are far superior for bakers!
     
  10. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I loooooove duck eggs. So yummy! My favorite is over easy and dip the toast!! We make quiche all the time because we get so many eggs and quiche freezes well. Made one yesterday, eggs, cheese (taco blend) and added defrosted tater tots..... Yummy! They are great for baking, very fluffy. Plus many people that can't eat chicken eggs, can eat duck eggs!
     

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