MY EGGTOPSY

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RoosterDon, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. RoosterDon

    RoosterDon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is Day 22. I started with 22 eggs, using a Brinsea Octagon 20, 2 hatched, 1 still appears to have a black blob in it, most likely is dead, but I am still leaving it in the bator for a few more days.

    I cracked open the remaining 18 and EVERY ONE OF THEM were identical in this way: They all had a nice air sack on the large end, and all had basically yellow yolk in inside, one egg was kind of a blob of yellow, all the rest were liquidy like you would crack an egg and beat it to scramble eggs.

    Any ideas on what happened? My guess is the 18 were not fertilized, or I think I would have seen SOMETHING inside looking like anything other then a broken yolk.

    Maybe the lady I got my eggs from just had a bad batch. In fact of all the RIR eggs I asked for, I have one beautiful day old chick and one beautiful freaky looking one that is most likely a Naked Neck Chick. So, there must have been a recessive gene in her roos or hens.

    This lady has a gazillion chickens in the country and I think it would be hard to get a pure bread RIR. I am kind of excited about the Naked Neck Chick. I read up on them and they sound really cool. It just looks so odd in a very cute way.
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I have two turkens I hatched out of my November hatch and I love them. Especially my roo. (He's in my avatar pic.) Now I really want to find some established show girl eggs to hatch. Sorry to hear about the other's. It sounds as though not all of her hens are getting the loving she thinks they are. My eggs came from my sister (barnyard mixes) and out of 34 I think 11 were clears. I told her the same thing. Someone ain't getting the love....lol
     
  3. RoosterDon

    RoosterDon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks AmyLynn, I agree with you. And don't we all need the right amount of lovin!!!!! So instead of going back to that lady again for our eggs, I am going with ours. I have 4 from my RIR (and one of them is her record egg, 74 grams). We have a gorgeous Plymouth Rock roo and a Sussex (not pure) roo. The Sussex is number two in comman and I think our RIR gets her love from the PR. So, I am not sure what type of chick we will get from a PR and RIR, but hopefully the hens will lay like my RIR. She is a machine. My smallest hen and she is the best layer. I should have enough to start my next round of incubating tomorrow or Saturday and will update on the progress.
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Awesome! Good luck! I am dying to do another hatch, but I have to wait until spring so I can get the coop finished and have a place for them! lol I really want to do an Easter hatch, but I'd like to go with eggs outside of my sister's barnyard mixes so I can add new blood. LOL Hopefully I'll find some showgirl eggs, if not we'll see. I know a couple places I may be able to get hatching eggs, but I do really like the barnyard mixes I got from my sister! I ended up with such a big variety including a couple silkie and a couple polish mixes. They are all beautiful.
     
  5. goldfinches

    goldfinches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds like they weren't fertilized. Strange, since she has so many chickens, you would think they roosters would be doing their job. I would let her know about it and ask her for more eggs, including some extras. Crack them and check for the bulls eye to verify fertility. Maybe they're eggs from pullets who just began laying and weren't fertilized yet.
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I got my barnyard mix eggs from my sister who has been raising chickens for quite a few years now. They have an average of 100 at any given time. My last hatch I got 32 eggs from her and 13 were clears. And she has 2-3 roos per coop from what I understand. Apparently a couple of them were hiding from the roos...lol
     
  7. RoosterDon

    RoosterDon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your responses. This helps me to read about others people sometimes having a lot of clears too.

    I got 24 new eggs from a new egg lady, blue's, greens' pinks and browns. I am very excited. For the first time I weighed each egg and numbered each egg and will chart their weight throughout this next batch. Also using my old Brinsea MINI along with my new Octagon 20, so I am incubating 25 eggs total. 5 are 70-74 grammers from my sexlink who is a machine.

    Also I bought a combination humidity and temp gauge from the hardware store garden side, $14.99. It works great. I discovered that I get no way near enough humidity during lockdown (having done some experimenting before starting this batch tonight). I used to scott paper towels, wet them, and the humidity went up to 60% like it was meant to be.

    So, here we go again.......wish me luck.
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I was going to ask if you started your next batch yet...lol Most people shoot for 65+ humidity at lockdown. I use sponges at lockdown. I fill my water wells, but then I added 3 (new) wet sponges around the bator to up the humidity and to make easier to keep the humidity up during lockdown because it's so much easier to slip open the bator (at least with the cheapy Little Giants) slip out the sponge, wet it and slip it back in. Good luck I can't wait to hear what you get!
     
  9. RoosterDon

    RoosterDon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey AmyLynn, I was going to PM you after this, but you are here. lol. Hey as to your point on humidity, I filled both wells and only got up to like 58%, but the two wet towels did get me exactly up to 65% (I think I said 60 in my thread). So thank you for that reminder. Yes this will be fun. If all the eggs are fertile, and I get a 75% hatch rate, that will bring us up to 31 chickens. I can't wait. We have 2 new chicks, 2 infants soon to go to the big house, and 9 adults (2 being roos). So, I guess actually I would want 2 more to be roos. I need to recheck my math on how many roos you want per how many hens, I think it is one roo per 6-8 hens, but I am not sure. I am going to use your new sponge idea when the time comes. :) :) :)
     
  10. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I've heard different hen to roo ratios. I've heard 6-8, I've heard 10-12....lol I'm starting to think that nothing in the chicken world is agreed upon except what the temps should be in the bators...lol I hope you get lots of little chicks!!!
     

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