Should I just give up?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Goat_Walker, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    For those of you who have been following my story, im about just ready to quit.

    I went from 17 eggs, to 8. The rest have exploded.

    Everyday I have had to go out and clean the nest when mama gets out, either becuase of ants or a bad egg.

    All the eggs have been splattered, and i dint get to attend to them till a day late.

    Should i just take them out and replace them with golf balls or easter eggs?( ill candle them first though)

    My mama is starting to look unhealthy, and im sure my goats dont appreciate the smell.
     
  2. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
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    aww that's horrible! [​IMG] Maybe you should try hatching the eggs out yourself, let the hen rest a bit. Yes, you could try to put some golf balls under her. I bet she has been frustrated lately. [​IMG]
    Maybe you should try using an incubator. I made a homemade one(very cheap and easy to make!) and it works great so far! [​IMG]
    No, I wouldn't give up if I were you! Just keep trying things until you get it right! [​IMG]
    I hope it all works out! [​IMG] for you! [​IMG]

    P.S. I haven't been really following your story because I just now found this post and I haven't had a chance to get on for a while. [​IMG] But I hope you get some baby chicks soon instead of bad luck, rotten eggs, and exploded eggs. That would be nice for you for a change! [​IMG]

    Best of luck for you! [​IMG]
     
  3. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Thank you so much! I dont have the money to buy a real ne, so im going to have to make an incubator when I get around to having the time for it.

    If her next batch in spring dont turn out ok,then I will use the incubator.
    I prefer to let my animals have their babies, so it is easier to have them introduced in the future.

    And yes, she has been VERY flustered lately, I feel so bad for her,losing her babes like this. But there is not much I can do [​IMG]
     
  4. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
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    I made a bator and I hardly had to buy anything. [​IMG] Just found some things laying around the house(like a cooler, lamp, wire, etc.) and put it all together. MissPrissy's model is like the one I made. And here's a link to a video on youtube that shows how to make a bator.


    It works great! [​IMG] For me, steady temps. and humidity is up and good.
    Ya, didn't want to buy an expensive bator either....costs waaay too much! [​IMG]

    But as i said before, hope it all works out! And building a bator will be great for your hen; she needs some rest! zzzzzz....
     
  5. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    The same thing happened to by hen, Bonnie....none of her eggs made it either. After the last one failed to hatch, I gave her a cool bath, cleaned out her coop, and she seem to pass through the broody stage and back to normal hen-hood pretty smoothly....


    Don't give up...I'm not...God's lesson to me was, "You have enough for now."


    --hang in there--
     
  6. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Minnesota
    Dont give up, you just never know when things are going to turn around! And as said, making an incubator is pretty inexpensive.
     
  7. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    I just feel so bad for her, my poor lil mama duck.
    It seems like she is losing an egg a day [​IMG]

    When I make the Bator, I will prolly use an aquarium. I dont have any extra coolers but I have plenty of old fish tanks xD
     

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