New From Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DaisyDuck73, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. DaisyDuck73

    DaisyDuck73 In the Brooder

    Jul 25, 2013
    Huntsville, Texas
    Hello. Well mine chicken tale starts when my husband brought home a free coop with 5 hens and 4 Roosters. We soon discovered we had too many Roosters and ate the other 3. We lost 2 in the woods....snake bit or hog we don't know. Anyway they started laying not too long after that. We discovered that we have 1 broody hen from the original 5 hens. (we are down to 2 original hens, one which we call Broody Hen, the other is Momma hen because she is the momma of our Rooster) She hatched us 5 on Easter weekend. That's when the chicken fever hit. The Girls and I went to Tractor Supply and bought 10 production reds and 2 white. But that wasn't enough, I wanted a little more variety. So the next week we went to the feed store and bought 7 Americana's and 2 Browns ones. Broody hen tried to set up again not long after that and a rat snake got into the hen house and ate 2 eggs...we then separated her in her own big box in the barn, but the damage was already done, she had been off the eggs too long and none of them made it. She started brooding again in late May/early June and a rat snake got 1 of those eggs, but this time my husband got there in time to blow it's head off.....she had 7 left she was laying on. She hatched 3....the 4th had started, but didn't seem to be getting anywhere after about 8-10 I brought it in and we peeled away the shell and she was all dry inside. We helped her out and she was very lethargic. So we got a non-used gas dropper for babies and started giving her drops of water......she made it/or he. She had 3 eggs left, one of which had a crack at the wrong end and a little blood. We started to peel and saw more blood so we stopped and put that egg in with the other 4 hatched chicks and the next morning he was coming out of his shell on his own. So we hatched 5. No as if I already didn't have chicken fever, it got worse so I bought an incubator. Needless to say that is not going well and all. I have not hatched any chicks and when they are past their due date by at least 2 days and we have candled them, we crack them open to see development.. They all started to develop some more than others. Any ideas on what happened here. We did have a few bad eggs we took out because it was starting to smell and I'm thinking the gas fumes might have killed some. Also a lot of my eggs from my momma hen are greenish brown and you latterly cannot see through the shell. Well now Broody hen is broody again and is laying on 4 eggs and I ceramic, which I intend to take away today and give her 2 good eggs instead. All our other hens are doing good. We are getting ready to get rid of 2 Roosters, because from our original 5 around Easter, we got 4 roosters and only 1 hen. Our 2nd batch is a little over a month and we are not sure what we have yet. I've got the bug bad, just ordered 25 Buff Orffington's and 2 Guinea's to be shipped next week. I think I'm done for the year after those arrive. I don't know if I will ever get any hatched from the incubator. I have some now that I just candled this morning and next week I should have at least 3 because I still see active movement. The greenish/brown eggs I just cannot tell.
    Any suggestions would be helpful. I think there might have been a temperature spike and maybe that's why they didn't make it.
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  3. FreeRangeSpirit

    FreeRangeSpirit In the Brooder

    Whew, sounds like you had a little chicken adventure! Howdy from Idaho! Seriously broody hens sometimes have the best hatch rate. My advice to you is to make sure you have enough room for all those peepers coming your way. Keep the incubator in a room with temperatures between 67-72 degrees. Good luck!
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, DaisyDuck73, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! Looks like liz9910 has you covered. Best wishes!
  5. DaisyDuck73

    DaisyDuck73 In the Brooder

    Jul 25, 2013
    Huntsville, Texas
    Does the room temperature really affect the incubator that much? Because I keep my house between 76-78 all the time to save on summer air conditioning...I do live in Texas. I have an incubator with an automatic egg turner and a circulating fan and according to the manual, temperatures are okay between 72-80 when using a circulating fan.
  6. DaisyDuck73

    DaisyDuck73 In the Brooder

    Jul 25, 2013
    Huntsville, Texas
    My broody is hen is a little hen, how do you affectively know how many eggs she can hatch. The first time she laid on 5 and hatched 5. The 2nd time a snake messed it all up and we didn't hatch any. The 3rd time, a snake got in again...she was laying on 8, a snake got 1, one quit growing and from the looks it when we cracked open the shell, it was about the time the snake got in the coop and the last one was not fertilized. She has been laying on 5 Tuesday until I took the ceramic one away...I just gave her 4 more....but she has rolled the ceramic one under her I'm going to have to take the ceramic one from her tonight and put it in the nest across the coop so she will not keep rolling it over. Is 8 too much?
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
  8. FreeRangeSpirit

    FreeRangeSpirit In the Brooder

    DaisyDuck73 thank you! I bet that is totally fine.
  9. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

    Jul 22, 2013
    Welcome to the site!
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] I think she may need a break from being broody- it takes a lot out of them, if they don't eat/ drink enough.

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