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New Years eve hatch-first time with own eggs & broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TammyP, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. TammyP

    TammyP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first broody....I thought....hmmmmmm, I'm a chicken dummy but hey.....could this work? Soooooo on Dec. 10th I placed 6 freshly laid eggs directly from the nest and stuck them under her. I made my own 'nesting box' for her out of our old dog carrier. My first time at this and I was nervous and excited. (This is my first year at raising chickens....my first chicks were brought home 5-6-09)

    The next day I decided to put 2 others under her so that would mean the hatch should start New Years Eve into New Years day if these eggs are viable. 8 total.

    I didn't candle at all..... let nature take it's course...

    Yesterday went in to feed/water the 'girls' and got a suprise by hearing 'peep'.....'peep'....'peep'. [​IMG]

    Nah....can't hatch an egg in 19 days (I thought to my self)... so last night kept going in for a look see but didn't see anything coming out from under her.

    It's been running in the average of 20 degree days with single digit nites around here and I have no heater for them. Am a little worried it just might be too cold for them and I don't have my brooder put together. I procrastinated....again. [​IMG]

    This morning...again I heard a more louder 'peep' and yep.....there was one little cutie pie sticking it's head out from mama..... [​IMG]

    I do believe I am now a....um.....um.....grandma? LOL [​IMG]

    I'm hoping the others will follow suite and come today or tomorrow.

    What might the outcome be if I placed 8 eggs under her? 50% hatch? 60%? 70% more? [​IMG]

    I'm soooo excited ....we have a baby! [​IMG]

    (I have no clue what it is...only that it is black in color...and very very adorable)

    The daddy is a cochin and the ladies are all kinds of different ones.....so not sure what kind of a chick will become of it and not sure which egg it came from! lol

    EDIT: ADDING PICTURES....Aaaaaaand there is more than 1 that hatched early!!!! So far 5 hatched.....yeayyyyyyyyy......

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  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Congrats on your baby! [​IMG] Mine are due New Year's eve too. No signs yet, but I don't expect anything until tonight of tomorrow. Have fun!
     
  3. TammyP

    TammyP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I added some pictures to my original post of the cutie pies.....yes 5 cutie pies so far!! [​IMG] Check them out above....

    Here's also the Mommy in my make shift nesting box for hatching the little guys/gals and one more pic of the babies so far...

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  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Oh my goodness...look how sweet they are! Congrats! Mama looks so happy and proud too. [​IMG]
     
  5. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

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