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Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Sally Sunshine, Mar 3, 2016.
I,know I'm so eggcited
Here is the only picture I have handy while at work. I took it yesterday sitting at my dining table while drinking my morning coffee!
Our porches were just poured (dry enough to walk on, not drive or park on tho), and the dirt work has to be finished. But you can see my shed coop and the hoop coop in the background blocked by the sliding door jambs. Nothing on the bantam coop yet (next weekend! yay!) We just got my miter saw set up yesterday, so we'll be doing that, and working on the permanent run for the chickens.
Didn't get the planting done. Cleaned the hatcher. Calibrated thermos and hygros. Candled eggs. Out of 61 set over the past month I have 0 chicks and 14 viable eggs left. One seller will send me chicks. I have another seller to contact this week. I'm discouraged but determined. I rebuilt/redesigned/relocated a coop for these guys. I just have to figure out a door.
I hope everyone has a lovely Sunday.
My hatch is finally over. The incubator has been cleaned and 20 Ancona duck eggs already set! Yes!!!!
I am new to incubating and there were two parts I struggled with; not assisting hatching and the egtopsy. I did not assist our chicks but it was very hard to resist at one point. In the end not assisting was the right thing to do, had I helped it hatch I would have done that chick no favors! The egtopsy was VERY hard for me, but I feel it is SO VALUABLE. It was so difficult for me my husband did it for/with me. We learned more about candling and chick development from the egtopsy then a book told us. It also gave me information to use in the future about my incubator, egg suppliers, chick development.
So, here are my final results for the Farmers Market vs Micro Farm hatching.
Farmers Market, sold as fertile eggs
18 eggs set, 5 fertile
4 hatched (2 normal, 1 yolk not fully absorbed(minor) and 1 malpositioned w/naval issues and kinda crusty)
1 was a day 20 or 21 death
Micro Farm, sold as fertile eggs
12 set, 10 fertile
10 hatched normal
The farmer told me yesterday that she suspected her welsummer eggs were infertile due to her ladies avoiding her rooster. I confirmed that tonight when I opened them.
15 fertile eggs, 14 hatched (1 didn't make it to 24 hours old though... Poor #14, we tried, we did try so hard.
This is my update for the April Spring along...
Of the hatch for a friend eggs, I had 6 hatch , 6 DIS . 1 hatched 3/31, but 5 hatched 4/1. I currently have 13 Salmon Favorelle and 13 of my silkie eggs going in to lockdown on 4/4. I have 6 EE and 6 backyard mix eggs from a friend, plus 13 shipped blue/buff Cochin and 2 of my silkie eggs set on 3/27. 6 shipped silkie eggs, 12 auto sexing EEs and 19 frizzled EEs set on 4/1, but I snuck 6 more shipped silkie eggs in tonight! nm still waiting for some more eggs that should arrive in a day or two. Not sure how many, or what kinds, but I have space in the incubator - waiting for them!
16 days left. All 3 are alive & dancing when I candled today.
I am not sure what these even are but my uncle said they're supposed to be some kind of banty. I have 3 more to set that he gave me today. They are also unknowns.
Good morning. The one pipped egg we have is still not hatched. My days start at 7 pm ( i couldn't wait to load the bator until the next morning ) Yesterday was day 19 and we had that one egg w/ a pip, its still chirping, the hole has got a little bigger. Anyway day 20 today. We cant wait to see the chicks hatch. But now im so nervous. I really hope all goes well. My 3yo son will be waking up soon and he really wants to see and have his own hatched chicks. His face when we hear them is the sweetest thing I have ever seen. Fingers crossed! Whats the groups hatch status? I saw some of the new chickes!