New from WV

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by WVduckchick, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    Hello! I'll try to keep my intro brief.... but I can get windy sometimes. Sorry :)

    First, I love this site. I'm new to having my own chickens and ducks, but have a very experienced sister-in-law. She and my husband were raised with some farm animals and she has a good sized, assorted flock now. He has always wanted us to get some, but I have resisted. Well, we have a "camp" that we spend most weekends and several weeks throughout the year. Its less than an hour from our home, so we can go there any time. We built a nice sized pond a few years ago and I always wanted some ducks for the pond. So finally, my sister-in-law said she had some extra ducks and brought 3 to me. She also brought 5 roosters, because she was getting too many! We were not quite prepared for the roosters, but decided it would be good to determine the level of predators in the area. First week, we lost one rooster. No idea what happened to him. No signs of anything. She said he was kinda a loner anyway. Following week, lost another, with some feathers scattered about, but no carcass. By this time we had built a coop, but had no way to close it up at night. Third week, found a dead carcass -- from all indications, a racoon was the culprit. So we built Fort Knox of a run (with alot of help from this site) Final two roosters have been great for the past few weeks. Yeah! (The ducks, by the way, have been perfectly happy on the pond, except we've had to manually break the ice a few times to keep them an opening)

    Then I decided I wanted to try to hatch some chicken eggs. I found an incubator from a local guy, and he already had 5 eggs in it that were on day 12. This was 3 days ago! I've been reading almost non-stop all weekend! I've candled them and 4 of the 5 appear to be normal and healthy, according to what I've read. The 5th one is only questionable because its very full and I just couldn't make out any movement. Dark shell. But I'm still hopeful for all 5.

    My first basic question is because I didn't know the guy that I bought the incubator from, what should I be most concerned about? I don't mean to sound un-caring, but I really didn't expect that the 5 would survive the trip home. I figured I'd just start a batch on my own. But since they seem to be doing fine, I'm excited that I may have little chicks in just 1 week. I did see some chicks that he had recently hatched. They looked fine and well. He had 2 incubators and needed some money, which is why he sold one.

    Thanks again to all the wonderful members of this site. I look forward to the fun and knowledge of BYC!
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sorry about all your losses in the beginning. But it sounds like you get your place predator proof now!

    Sounds like your incubation process is going well. We have a few nice articles in our learning center on incubation and candling you might be interested in...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/candling-pics-progression-through-incubation-of-chicken-eggs

    If you run into any issues along the way, you can post questions in our Incubation Eggs forums for more help...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/5/incubating-hatching-eggs

    Good luck with the hatch and keep us posted!! :)
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! Sorry to hear about the loss of your roosters at the start. Predators can be a real nuisance and usually once they know there is free meal on offer they will return. Lovely to hear your remaining two are happy and safe.

    I hope you have all five eggs hatch, at day 15 the eggs should be looking pretty full of chick by now and dark shells can be a little tricky sometimes. As TwoCrows said definatly post in the incubating and hatching section if you run into trouble. From what you have described everything sounds good.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and hope you enjoy BYC :frow
     
  4. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    I had seen 2 of those links already but had missed the "hatching-101" ... so Thank You! I welcome any help and advice!

    I have the newb excitement... [​IMG]
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.
     
  6. nj2wv

    nj2wv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome neighbor !! Harrison county here.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Glad you joined the flock [​IMG]
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry for your losses![​IMG]

    Glad you joined![​IMG]
     

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