Trying to hatch 2 the old fashioned way

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ole and Lena, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Ole and Lena

    Ole and Lena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of our barred rocks went broody over the weekend while we were out of town. She was sitting on one Sunday and I added a fresh warm one monday morning.

    She is quite dilligent at sitting and rotating the eggs, assume she's getting up to eat/drink some occasionally but I haven't seen her do it.

    We don't really need more chickens right now but I figured it would be fun to see what happens. Maybe we'll get two roosters and I can name one Stew and the other Frye Also curious what a barred rock/silver laced Wyandotte cross looks like. I've heard 21days was the incubation period. Is this right? Exact, aprox or guesstimate?

    Will keep posted.
     
  2. SamJacobbe

    SamJacobbe Out Of The Brooder

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    21 days is the average incubation period. It can fluctuate though, eggs hatch anywhere from day 19 to day 24. I have one that's on day 29 and just hatched!

    If my biology skills are correct, and being in vet school I hope so, then the cross should basically look like the parents. Both are black and white stripedish (Is that a word? It is now) colored, so the children would most likely look like that. Or, if it's incomplete dominance, then the babies will be grey. A mixture of the two colors.

    Most chickens will get off the nest for around thirty minutes each day to eat, drink, and relieve themselves. I would mark her eggs so that none of the other chickens mix in their eggs with hers.
     
  3. Farmin Momma

    Farmin Momma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well congrats on the broody/
    21 days is the general estimate. Depending on temp and humitity it could take a few days longer or even a day or so less. I think it may depend a bit on breed too, I have read that silkies tend to hatch a bit earlier than Large Foul.
    If your temp is on the higher end they will develop a bit faster or a few degrees lower they will develop a bit slower!
     

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