Setting Safeway eggs..... Yikes... see thread on 3 legged chick

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jeaucamom, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/04/07/FDGNM5VF9B1.DTL

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    were in the Safeway in our new town and saw they had the fertile eggs. So we got some just for an experiment and set them this morning. Decided to google "Rock Island" the brand name and found this great article on them. I think they will be RIR and Plymouth Rock crosses. I will post updates when we candle.

    Great article on the family they came from and how good the hens have it.
     
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  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    well Im sure the hens have it better than the battery cage hens, but I dont know how good they have it compared to farm chickens [​IMG]
     
  3. K&H Chicken Farm

    K&H Chicken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good luck, i have 5 of mine growing like weeds
     
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Shelly what breed did yours end up being?
     
  5. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Tulsa
    Quote:The results will depend on a few factors.

    Eggs need to be under a week old for best results. If they are 3 weeks old (which is still perfectly fresh for store sale), hatch rate could be extremely low. If they have been refridgerated (and they will have been), this too compromises hatch rate.

    People have had good results with store fertile eggs, so don't give up [​IMG]

    What you might get is another question. Plymouth Rock x RIR is a standard commercial layer. The chicks you get will depend on the roosters the layers were run with. Whatever they are, the resulting hens are not likely to be as productive as their first cross parents, but could make very handsome backyard birds, with decent, if unspectacular, egg production.

    Good Luck
     
  6. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    We just moved them into the hatcher... it is day 19 today. We have 10 out of 12 looking very good. We are trying the carton method, but with most of the cup cut off, so only a little left at the bottom.

    I can't wait to see what we get!! With a name like Rock Island, I am assuming they are either RIR or RIW crossed with some color Rock. The eggs are HUGE and brown. Well, Wedsnesday we will see!!

    Come on chickies [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    We have a pip! [​IMG]
     
  8. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    We have 4 Pips!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    So cool - come on chickies!!
     
  10. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Kansas
    Any chicks yet?
     

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