What a lousy hatch....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by koakritters, May 2, 2011.

  1. koakritters

    koakritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Started with almost 30 eggs, about half were from my younger roo who i've discovered is not fertile yet even though I though they had looked fertile... There went those eggs. 14 left from my other roo and 2 hens. One is the hen that i've barely had any hatch from her, 10 were her eggs, not ONE hatched. None, at all from her. The other 4 were from my polish and 3 of them hatched... I'm starting to think the genetic problem in the flock belongs to the hen and maybe not the roo? I'm going to collect only the polish's eggs for a week and incubate those and see if the all hatch, that's the only idea i've got on how to tell who's the problem. I really don't like this roo, he's MEAN, but if he gives me babies...

    I know it's not the incubator, I hatched 93% on the eggs I bought from a breeder... [​IMG]

    Oh, and does anyone know when a Silkie roo will be old enough to be fertile? Mine was born in Sept. 2010... He's in with my frizzled bantam cochin, I want those babies!!! LOL.
     
  2. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry to hear about your hatch. [​IMG] Mine is a failure this time but opposite of yours. My last hatch was my own eggs and they did great. This one is the batch of eggs from the breeder. I guess enjoy your Polish babies and I hope your next is better. I keep telling myself "there's always the next time" but it's not helping much at the moment!
     
  3. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
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    I get rid of mean roos,don't want that bred into my future chickens.Plenty of free roos no need to put up with a mean one.Any way I hpe you find out who is not fertile.
     
  4. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine failed ever worse... i had 15 millie fluer duccles and not 1 was fertile.... i had 14 silkie eggs...9 were fertile... 4 chicks hatched... thats a 28% hatch rate..... i wanted at least 40% oh well at least i got 4!!! i could have ended with none
     

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