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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by walkswithdog, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Sigh. Ponder is the only survivor. The last six and the turkey all quit the day the power went out. To make sure I carefully pipped and peeked at every last one. Then looked to see when they'd quit. Almost...

    Out of 26 eggs one quit early, the Araucana pullet sized egg, and seven went nearly the whole way. Ponder is the only hatched chick.

    The rest were clear - and most of those scrambled when opened.

    Now I need to find him a chick his size... the big fuzzies think he's a bug... And won't go near him. Anybody near Knoxville with tiny fuzzies?

    I almost did pretty good. Almost doesn't really count, hmm? I think the thing needs a new thermostat as well, now it's not holding temp.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2008
  2. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member 10 Years

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Not everyone's hatches go perfectly every time... Sorry about your loss.

    If I had chicks to give you -- and lived near you -- I'd love to send your new chick a friend or two.

    Have you called around to the feed stores in your area?
  3. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Quote:I'm calling now.

    I figured with shipping eggs and it being my first time, it wouldn't go well. Sort of pleased so many made it to the power outtage that had started to grow. So I'm not too discouraged. Only one quit part way, around day 10 from the looks of it.

    I'm not in control of weather or the power to my house so I'm not upset really. What I was doing, was working. Something else came in between my eggs and success. I can handle that. I'm going to stay positive, get a new thermostat and probably a universal power supply for back up and go forward.

    I think it's just awesome that something we can do, if we do it right and luck out, makes little lives... I'll be doing it again.
  4. ChickaD

    ChickaD Songster

    Aug 6, 2008
    central Vermont
    Sorry to hear of your hard times, but am so glad you're hanging in there! [​IMG]
  5. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region

    It's the people here who help the most. And help me understand that no hatch is guaranteed. Heck two major hatcheries failed hatches after I'd ordered chicks.

    We're all in the same boat together. Win or lose, it's a great place to be.

    You all rock...[​IMG]
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I am not too close to you, about 3 hours drive I believe, but I have a ton of fuzzies in the brooder, from 1 to 6 weeks old. Plus I have 3 eggs that I just put in the hatcher this morning that should be hatched in a few days. I live outside of Columbia Kentucky. I am assuming you meant Knoxville TN?

    But I have added new babies to the older babies quite a bit. They act scared of the new ones for a little while, now I can't really tell them apart.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2008
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    I'm sorry this time didn't go well for you, but dont give up! If you lived near here, Brown's feedstore always has chicks and you could just pop in and take your pick. Glad it was one of mine that made it, though! That is one tough little survivor Becca and Dutch made!
  8. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Quote:He really is a trooper. He's eating and drinking pretty regular and not phased now that I'm keeping the rude big kids from jumping on his head.

    I think I found some BO's near here from a BYCer. Can't find a feed store with any yet. Fuss.

    I wish I were nearer you just so I could come meet you and all the feathered flock.

    I'm not the kind that gives up. I can do this. I want a better thermostat and back up power. But this was not a bad start. They did almost make it. I know pretty much exactly what went wrong and why. I'm what the world calls a tough nut. Or I couldn't have worked with shelter dogs for 20 some years.
  9. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Sorry about the hatch. We've all been thru alot these last few days...and nights! LOL!

    On the bright side, you got a great little chickie!!
  10. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    [​IMG] I think its always kind of a toss up with incubating. I wish I had a chick to give, I remember how it is to just have one.

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