They're hatching... PICS on pg2

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lemurchaser, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Songster

    Apr 11, 2008
    Corvallis, OR
    I set 24 eggs on June 1st just after midnight, so today is day 21. 18 made it to day 18.

    So far I have 9 chicks, one part way out, 1-2 pips, and the rest havent done anything. The local mutt eggs are hatching like crazy. Of the 6 BLRW eggs that made it to day 18, 1 has hatched and one is part way out (it isn't really doing anything anymore).

    The local chicks are so cute they are in every color imaginable. I'll post some pics in a little bit.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2008
  2. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Songster

    Apr 11, 2008
    Corvallis, OR
    I just went outside because one of my older chickens was making a racket, to discover one of the dogs had killed one of my barred rock pullets, Maude (13 weeks old). I was having so much fun sitting with my new babies, that I didn't hear a thing. I guess I let my guard down too much, they had all been doing so well together. I know better than that, it's my fault. I've been supervising them less and less, because there hasn't been a problem, especially since the chickens got older. But I should have known. You just want to be able to trust your dogs, but they didn't really do anything except follow their instincts. I think they were just playing with her (she wasn't chewed or eaten, just very broken).

    I don't know who did it. When I went out, Oscar, the male dog, was laying next to her body. He could have done it, or he could have been upset over it and was sitting with her (he is that kind of dog). I wouldn't put it past either of my female dogs to do the killing.

    They won't be left together unsupervised again. I guess I had to learn that lesson the hard way. Poor Maude.
  3. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    So sorry to hear about your dog and your barred rock [​IMG] They are instinctual. [​IMG]
  4. I feel for you I had to rehome my Great Pryenees female because she liked chicken for dinner too much. I also had to rehome a cat that I dearly wanted to keep because she love to reach through and get babies right out of the pen. She was good at catching and eating so fast that she would have killed three before I could get her out. congrates on the new ones and sorry about the other
  5. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    Congrats on the babes:) Sorry about the other chicken:( My dog killed my fave duck last night:( He got loose while the ducks were out playing in the pasture for awhile and before I could stop him the duck was already dead.
  6. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    So sorry lemurchaser! [​IMG] At least now you have a couple more fuzzy butts to care for. [​IMG]
  7. WrenAli

    WrenAli Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Lebanon, OR
    Congrats on the hatch!

    Poor chick! Bad Dog...
  8. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    Congrats on the babies [​IMG]
    Sorry about you chicken-I have bird dogs, and my GSP killed one of my hens a few months ago. Totally my fault-left the gate open. [​IMG]
  9. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    So sad.... Hopefully your post will help reminder readers of the tragedy that is risked when dogs and chickens (or any mostly ground dwelling bird) are unsupervised and that these heartbreaking happenings come to be a thing of the past.
  10. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Songster

    Apr 11, 2008
    Corvallis, OR
    12 chicks total now, 3 of which are BLRW's. I'm in love with a little mixed breed blue chick though. I'll post pics tonight.

    The BLRW's are a lot weaker than the mixed breed chicks, and hatch a lot slower. It's interesting, the mixing of breeds obviously makes for a stronger chick. One of the mutts pipped, zipped and was running around in under 20 minutes, it was amazing.

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