Re: Blue Orpington Egg Orders from Speckledhen

Discussion in 'Buy Sell Auction - Archives' started by speckledhen, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hi, all!
    Over the last few months, many of you have put your name on my hatching egg order schedule and I have confirmed the dates with many of you. If you don't remember when you are on the schedule or you want to cancel/change the order, etc, please email me to let me know so I can move someone else into your spot or try to work out something different with you. Please include your full name because, although I have most screen names written down by your name, I may not have them all.

    Right now, I have orders stretching every week into the first week of June. I will not be taking anymore orders into summer, at least for now. Since I have no idea how my girls will lay this winter (plus I only have the two laying) or how many orders I'll have to bump back a week or more due to them slacking off in the worst of cold weather, leaving the summer open gives me room to do that.

    Also, I believe I have contacted everyone who is on the schedule who wanted part of their order or the entire order of Ameraucana eggs. If for some reason, you did not get the email, this is to let you know that I will not be able to provide Ameraucana eggs after the end of January because I am selling my main breeders. As of Feb 2008, I will only be selling Blue Orps and Barred Rocks. I'm very sorry for any inconvenience, but this is just one of those hard decisions in poultry-keeping. Thanks so much! Have a great holiday!
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Also, if you're in the middle of a hatch of my eggs, let me know how it's going! I'd love to hear.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I have a black Ameraucana with white cheeks from you, I guess from Charlotte. She was born Thanksgiving, and she has decided that I am her best friend. She is real sweet, and has to taste everything on my hand including my hand! I named her Valerie (from the Monkees), she just looked like a Valerie to me! Karen
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That's sweet, Karen! They are very good babies, the Ameraucanas. Oh, and I remember "Valerie"! Loved the song!
     
  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    A question for you Cyn, how long do I collect eggs and where do I store them before putting them into the incubator? thanks,
    Carrie
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You can collect eggs for up to two weeks and if properly stored between 50-65 degrees, aircell end up, tilted once daily, you should get a hatch. Optimal time for storage, however, is less than a week. The fresher the better, naturally, but I've read up on this and although hatchability goes down slightly after the one week point, it doesn't go down significantly till after two weeks. I store mine in the bsmt and in the summer, if the bsmt is too hot, I use a cooler with those blue ice pack things and place them in that, changing out the packs once a day. They also say that optimal humidity for storage is around 70% and my bsmt is slightly humid, so it works out well.
    Before you put them in the bator, however, let them come up to room temps so you don't get condensation on the eggs when placed in a 100 degree environment.
     
  7. Corey NC

    Corey NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    Put me on the list if anyone cancels between now and June. [​IMG]


    I have just given in to the hatching addiction there is no stopping it, I have a full bator now and I have more orps coming from Julie in January (or febuary can't remember).
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Corey, didn't I just see you post that you'd be downsizing your flock because of your beautiful new mare? That lasted, what, two hours? You know you can't have fewer chickens, no matter what other interests you have! [​IMG]I'll let you know if I have a slot open up.
     
  9. Corey NC

    Corey NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    I can hatch and downsize at the same time.

    [​IMG]....:|....[​IMG]

    Ya right [​IMG]

    I have a problem [​IMG]

    I have a broody hen and she doesn't have any eggs under her, I am very proud of myself. [​IMG]
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hey, I'd better talk to myself, hadn't I? I sold three pullets to rooster-red after that hellacious summer about did me in and I am going to sell Scout and Silver at the end of January, but I am hatching more right now and will be hatching in April, too. I tell myself it's to keep up with my egg customers who buy six dozen at a time plus I just acquired a new customer today. See? I need these chickens! I just pray this next summer is nothing like the last one. [​IMG]
     

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