Staggered hatch!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cara, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    I had two broody Buff Orpingtons which were in the coop with my other Buffs; the others kept laying eggs on top of them so their nests had eggs of all different stages of development! When checking on one of them two weeks ago I found two chicks under her, so I decided it was time to take the eggs and put them in the incubator since they would all hatch at different times and the chicks might starve. I wasn't expecting much, but I figured it was worth a try to save some as I have my Buffs sold before they even hatch these days and I wanted to build my flock back up. They had 32 eggs between them, and I have had eggs hatch every day since I brought them in! So far I am up to 21 chicks!! Some days we've had 5 chicks hatch, and I only have 5 hens including the broodies. The chicks look a lot bigger and healthier than incubator-grown ones, and hatch a lot easier. One minute they've pipped, the next they're out! I think the bloom on the eggs must help them hatch.
  2. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    [​IMG] Number 25 just hatched
  3. kellim

    kellim Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    SC, GA Border
  4. bearz

    bearz Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Wow! Thats amazing. I'm sitting on 23 eggs in the hatcher, 4 out, a bunch more trying all day. Poor things must be exhausted.

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