The LAST batch... Videos added, check out #10 and #25 :)

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by PeepsCA, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sigh... The end is near [​IMG]

    I disinfected and put away all but one incubator and one hatcher a little while back, (man that took some MAJOR willpower on my part, lol) and I just put the last batch of eggs in the remaining still set-up hatcher this morning. So in a few days I will officially be DONE incubating and hatching for the year [​IMG] Yep, for the YEAR. Done. I'm sure I could still get a few more batches of fertile eggs from a friend of mine who lives in a much cooler area than I do, but no, not gonna... cuz I'm DONE!!!!!

    My hatch count is at 775 right now (not including the 12 Ring Neck Pheasants I hatched out too!). Obviously I won't make it to 800 keets for 2011, but good gawd, who encouraged me to take it THIS far as it is!?!?! 500 keets was my original goal, see what you guys did!?!?! It's all your fault!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]

    This last batch of eggs was just mainly an experiment anyway (yah sure)... I just happened to have had 41 eggs sitting in my egg storage area staring at me for about 1 1/2-2 weeks after I decided I was not going to set any more eggs this year, so they did not get turned and a lot of them were around 16 days old when I finally did decide to set them... on a whim (more like moment of weakness, cuz I'm a hatching addict and YES I ADMIT IT, I FELL OFF THE darn WAGON [​IMG] )... But apparently turning/tilting is pretty important when it comes to storing Guinea eggs for more than 7-10 days. (Altho some of this batch did come from a flock that has not been real fertile late in this season... which I am sure did not help my viable egg count at all [​IMG] ).

    So anyway.... out of 41 eggs I have only a measly 10 eggs that look like they might hatch (2 were iffy, but I moved them over too, I seriously doubt they will hatch tho) [​IMG] That was barely worth running the incubator for, but oh well, I learned that eggs laid towards the end of the laying season here definitely lack fertility and they BETTER get turned if you want them to hatch, lol.

    I'll post pics of whatever hatches. I'm expecting mostly mixed Lavenders and Pied Lavenders, maybe a couple Royal Purples and some Pearl Greys... I doubt I'll be lucky enough to get another Buff or Opaline [​IMG] And just for the record I am refusing to help ANY of these keets hatch, if they are not strong enough and determined enough to get out of those thick hard shells all on their own, then tuff noogies [​IMG] (I'm going to make it a point not to be home during the hatch, lol).
     
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  2. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    Go eggs, GOOO!! [​IMG]


    Will be waiting with my popcorn for news of new hatchlings! [​IMG]
     
  3. TarheelBirdy

    TarheelBirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've been away for a while, and thought it was really amazing timing to log back on to this post being at the top of the list. You taught me everything I needed to know to get started hatching Guineas, and I followed your hatches religiously! Congratulations!!

    My last hatch was six weeks ago. I have to admit I felt a twinge when I saw your pic of your current hatch.
     
  4. GuineaLady93

    GuineaLady93 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW! That is a lot of keets! My goal for next year is 250.[​IMG]
     
  5. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    Update Update Update!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL it's only day 24, patience grass hoppa! [​IMG]
    I see 1 egg has pipped so far, yawn. [​IMG]
     
  7. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    Quote:I was hopeing for a little more action.. [​IMG]
    I get so excited seeing other peoples keets/ducklings/chicks/goslings for some reason? [​IMG]
     
  8. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's not being stereotypical one little bit there duckie, lol [​IMG]

    Quote:LOL I love it too, but day 26 is the norm for my hatches... tic toc tic toc... [​IMG]
    I think I've already looked in thru the hatcher windows 100 times so far lol.
     
  9. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    Tell them to hurry up! I wanna see some babys! It will fill the void I have of not haveing any babies in the house.

    That might change BUT I will be useing a broody instead! My call ducks are laying eggs and its very unusually for them to be laying this time of year but I guess since its cool they started back up again! We have a certain broody bantam chicken that will not stop being broody! She's starting to get on my nerves! I've tried everything except for actually letting her sit and hatch eggs. She has been broody since February! [​IMG]

    And the good thing about it's, I don't have to clean no stinky duckling brooder thats inside since momma broody shall be outside and they will be too! [​IMG]
     

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