New to site and in trouble already

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lilwildrabbit, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. lilwildrabbit

    lilwildrabbit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey all my name is Tim Hull I started raising chickens last spring after getting some biddies from Tractor supply. Not having chickens for years I couldn't pass up the opportunity of getting 60 biddies for 40 bucks so after a while I had about 40 full sized birds this last fall 5 roosters and 35 hens all was great then started getting eggs bunches 20+ a day. But about two weeks ago we had an issue with my hen house and I lost almost 30 birds (neibours dogs). Of course I was devastated no fresh eggs dead birds everywhere and animal control not giving a dang about looking for the dogs that did it.
    So here I am in trouble no roosters left, and I had 3 great big ones that were over 14lbs! So knowing I can't recoup the funds to buy more birds or biddies from hatcheries. I'm on disability and the birds have become my self preservation project. So all I could do is look at what I could do with very little funds namely feed money and some I had from selling eggs about 100 dollars. So with about 14 eggs that wasn't put in the fridge I ordered an incubator. Well it came in yesterday. It's set up and running with a bunch of eggs that I saved from the dreaded fridge. All are over two weeks old. My sitting hen (her first sitting gave me 2 biddies) was one of the ones that got it. Knowing that with the terror the birds I had left wouldn't even try to sit. I have never used an incubator before so all this is new. But I'm hoping that you experts on here might help out me and my delema. By any advice you can give me. My first question is can you incubate refrigerated eggs that are over two weeks? If so I can fill the rest of the incubator tomorrow on the second level and better my chances on getting my flock back. Please help
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    :welcome and sorry you lost all those birds!

    Put the refrigerated eggs in too, they may still hatch. You can candle and pull the ones that aren't developing at 10 days. If any of your hens have been laying since the attack (although it's quite possible they haven't been due to the stress) set those too - a hen can remain fertile for up to three weeks after you lose a rooster.
     
  3. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC but I'm sorry that it is not under better circumstances that you join us.

    I agree with Pyxis re: setting the eggs. The Incubating and Hatching Eggs forum would be a good place to post. Maybe you could share what type of incubator you have, and pick up some tips from other members that use the same one.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you


    All the best
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  5. lilwildrabbit

    lilwildrabbit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I did get about 3 eggs from the hens since the attack they are in the incubator now I pulled about 3 dozen from the fridge and praying that even two or three will hatch. I was lucky I got a 96 egg incubator with auto turners so o do have room. Thanks for the help friend
     
  6. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    Consider if possible to get some fertile eggs from nearby chicken peeps. If I was near you and had fertile eggs I WOULD GIVE THEM TO YOU, AND OF COURSE FREE. [​IMG]
     
  7. lilwildrabbit

    lilwildrabbit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've looked around and haven't found anyone yet that has eggs but thanks for the offer on the eggs. I am still looking for anyone locally and have to find a rooster asap then I might be getting some more eggs that are Fertile. I'm hoping someone on here is close by to see how much they would want for som eggs
     
  8. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Where are you located? We can direct you to your state thread on here.
     
  9. lilwildrabbit

    lilwildrabbit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Live just south west from Bainbridge Georgia about 3 miles from the Florida and Alabama line
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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