What a lousy hatch....

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

  1. koakritters

    koakritters Songster

    Jan 27, 2011
    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 Songster

    Nov 1, 2010
    Northern L.P. Michigan
    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
    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 Songster

    Feb 16, 2011
    New Jersey
    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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