is he a short legged one ? he might not be reaching properly , those that are getting eggs from me are around 50% fertility although the very first lot only 1 hatched. I have some indian game X favorelle that I am looking forward to tasting as all the pure Indians died in the summer heat.
The few eggs in the incubator are at day 14 today. I bought a cheapy incubator from ebay, mainly for the auto turner. It is struggling to maintain the temp. My homemade one never had any issues with keeping the temp. I have had to recalibrate the temp 4 times already. I don't have much confidence of getting any chicks. I started with 2 dozen, only 8 left. Even the eight are most lightly from the NH cockerels, not the IG.
The IG is not particularly short legged. I have not seen it mount any of the girls. Not even try. He crows a lot but no action.
Well my experimental batch with the new incubator finally hatched. 9 out of 11 eggs. Not bad, I thought. The temp was up and down the whole time. I had to help 3 chicks out. They were stuck in the same position after pipping for more than a day and they were all covered with this thick slime, almost like jam, and they really stink. When they are out of the shell, they were all exhausted. Took a long time to recover and fluff up even after I wiped them dry with a paper towel because of the slime. Any ideas of the cause of this slime? Humidity too high? I didn't measure the humidity this time but it has been rather wet outside.
Does sound like it was too high normally you get stuck sticky chicks than are on the larger side or they pip then die. Not to bad tho 9 out were they before you had a rooster cull? I saw some chicks from where I have been selling eggs the marans are very fertile and a good balance of females to males . I might stick two dozen in on Friday . Oh apparently the blue barnevelders I have been working on are in demand from those that saw my cull pullets.
The eggs were from 1 week after the rooster cull. They are definitely still NH cross chicks. I wasn't expecting that. So you'll need at least 2 weeks to clear out the semen from the rooster. I have another 4 eggs in the incubator, collected 3 weeks after the cull. Will be interesting to see these are IG cross chicks.
Blue barnies? I have never seen these. Only the gold laced and silver laced.
Well at the moment just the marans Australorps Ancona and a small pen of RIR are penned need to shift and build but still need to juggle farm work first . I got to make room for the barnevelder silver campine New Hampshire brown leghorn Plymouth Rock blue favorelle and maybe GLW if time. Hopefully I will get some eggs from Gero for the Andalusian and white leghorn.
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