Its started again. I've just looked through the top of my incubator and the 1st one had pipped. 14 are from my bantams (first time incubating) and 36 out of the big pen. A couple of days ago I threw out a smelly one from the big pen. I haven't candled them at all so it will be a surprise as to how many I'll get. The pekins will be the interesting ones as Alfie has finally managed to get the business done from the right end To make way for them in the brooder, I put the 5 babies (4.5 weeks old) in with the 3 x 8 week olds from Pingu and his 2 wyandotte ladies. My son was home sick so we watched carefuly that the little ones wouldn't be bullied but it was the opposite. The 8 week olds ran away from the little ones. What a sight. Glad it all worked out well though, now I feel quite confident about the number of babies I could end up with ;D
The helicopter surely has landed ;D 1 of the pekins is pipping and about 4 from the big pen, we are all happy except for the football score haha don't support either but would prefer that Collingwood loose.
Well this morning we have 3, 1 light sussex x black australorp and 2 pekins. 1 is yellow and the other a very light blue, none of the parents hatched this colour so I probably won't be able to sell this one. Gosh how many will I sell if they're all a bit different.
I'm a bit concerned about space. The ones that have hatched so far have been on the outside. There are 49 eggs in a 60 chook egg plastic type from fantastic farms. there are a fews gaps around the edges but the centre ones all sort of roll into the middle. Should I remove the 3 shells to free up a bit of space or leave them be. Usually we are naughty and have a quick peak before bedtime but this time I really don't want to open it.
it doesn't really matter if you quickly open the incubator to remove the eggshells, it is better than an eggshell sticking over the end of a pipping chick and preventing it from hatching. by now you have probably made a decision anyhow lol.
Thanks Jacquie, yep I ended up having to make a decision as 1 was trying to push itself out and it was totally surrounded as the few chicks hatched had pushed all the eggs together.
We just opened it then to remove eggshells and 22 have hatched. ;D ;D YAY. Lucky we did as one of the bantams eggs was totally pushed into a large shell, would've had a hard time hatching.
As this is the first time these bantams have produced eggs, its exciting to see what they turn out like. One is light blue and looks like another has just hatched the same but will need to wait till she dries. Another is yellow with a strip down her back. I'll post some pics in the morning when we put them in the brooder.
I couldn't help myself, here are some pics. Iwas going to put the bigger ones into the brooder as I was worried about the new hatches getting squashed and the b*&^%*y light has blown. Was ok but I took it out when cleaning the brooder today. Off to bunnings at daybreak tomorrow. Sorry but i don't know how you get the photo's a bit smaller.
30 so far, day 21 was yesterday so I will leave them until Tuesday. I am happy with that. it hasn't cose me anything as its my own eggs and it gves the kids and me a thrill. I also forgot to turn them 1 day about day 8 so I don't know what impact that would have.
7 out of 14 pekins. They hadn't been laying very long so will check the dates onthe eggs once I empty the incubator.
23 out of 35 from the big pen. 1 has pipped ages ago but it hasn't prgressed at all. I don't think it's going to make it
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