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. Gone-Quackers

    Gone-Quackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've set 10 eggs in my incubator. My ducks aren't laying a lot yet-- I'm assuming that only 2-3 are laying from the 1-2 eggs I am getting every day. I have a variety of runner colors and 1 Pekin hen to add neurosis to the group. [​IMG] I'm on day 5 of incubation and will do my first ever candling in 5 days. When I was a kid we tried candling but ended up throwing out the live eggs! We decided to get rid of rotten eggs by throwing them at the side of an abandoned, condemned house-- the duck carcasses horrified me and I realized we may have gotten it wrong. [​IMG] So I may post photos of each egg and ask for confirmation before I toss them. [​IMG]

    I'm starting to collect eggs for the easter hatch-a-long and am writing the date and conditions of the eggs on their shells (warm, cool, almost too cold when gathered). Eggs will be stored in a room in the high 50's to low 60's (lowest temp I can manage in my house) in a plastic bag to help prevent moisture loss.
     
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  2. drumgerry

    drumgerry Out Of The Brooder

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    7 Complete days of incubation so time for candling. I had forgotten how difficult it is to candle Marans eggs. So....the upshot of it is there are no obvious clears in the 24 eggs. That's not to say I'll get 24 chicks but you never know! I'll try again in 7 days when things should hopefully be a little more obvious!

    Here's my attempt to get a pic of one of the eggs

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  3. MadamPoofyBrow

    MadamPoofyBrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck with em! 11 out of 18 isn't bad, especially for pullet eggs :-D
    Ah yeah, I remember that now!
    Wow! Beautiful little eggs! This will be an interacting hatch-a-long! We had chicken and ducks, and now there's some quail!
    Woohoo! That will be an interesting cross!
    :-( one time I threw out an egg after it's been in the incubator 4 days after the rest hatched. Luckily for it, i put it in the kitchen trash can and was about to take the bag out when I heard cheeping. It hatched in the incubator the next day :-D I am also beginning to collect for the Easter hatch-a-long. I know it's a ways a way but at the pitiful rate my girls are going I could use an extra week of collecting...
    Marans are so dark, but the one in the pic deffinately looks like it's got something in it! Good luck on your next candling, hope there's lots of babies!
     
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  4. Em Ty

    Em Ty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just added water and pulled out two eggs to weigh. It's been just over 4.5 days and the biggest egg I've got has lost 2.7% and an average egg lost 4.1%. I'm concerned that the 2.7% isn't enough and that the 4.1% may be a tad too much. The 2.7% egg is in the row closest to the water and the 4.1% egg is in the middle of the rack. I don't know if that's a factor, and I do have a fan going constantly.

    Thoughts?

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    I pulled 3 more out, 1 about 60% from the front of the rack (2.7% loss), one 90% back (3.8% loss) and the last from the last row (2.8% loss it is also my smallest egg).
     
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  5. drumgerry

    drumgerry Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep - the pic isn't the best but there are definite veins to be seen. 24 chicks is a few more than I had bargained for! There's bound to be fewer than that I suspect but maybe this is going to be my first ever 100% hatch!
     
  6. HerbGir1972

    HerbGir1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess the way our plan is running well be in the Easter hatch along too.
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    Whatever hatches currently is sold.
    We are looking for someone local to us to keep our bloodlines not inbred with Easter eggers. Looking to trade out some chicks, we do not sex them.
    See ya'll on hatching day
     
  7. sharonmc2002

    sharonmc2002 Out Of The Brooder

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    Day six and I couldn't help myself I candled my eggs. They are a few darker shelled so I couldn't really see what was in them but of my eight two were clear the other six seem to have something in there. Hope that means for a first timer I'm doing something right. Fingers crossed.
     
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  8. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I am only mentioning the mom's the dad is a dark brama,
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    3 BCM, 2 Cockoo Maran, 4 blue isbars, one tan cochin buff bantam,
    5 gray eggers, and one, grey egger/BCM mix.
     
  9. butterfliesdoku

    butterfliesdoku Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you get Grey Eggers? Those look lovely!
     
  10. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    purple-y pink egg and a green egg olive mix.
    [​IMG]
     
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