Of the wyandottes, I like the strong contrast of the silver laced. But I am not going to increase the flock size to what I had before. I have 10 adults at the moment, that is enough for now. I don't know how you manage so many breeds and individuals.
Lost one the chicks I helped hatch out. It never got it's strength up after drying up. I think another 2 will probably not make it. They are not standing up and moving normally. I don't know if they are getting any feed or drink. One is constantly chirping. I think they were not meant to hatch but I helped.
I didn't use barocca. I used a bird vitamin from the pet shop. I think I should let nature take it's course next time. I can't wait for the next 4 to hatch on Monday. Fingers crossed, they are IG crosses. Then I know the rooster is not a dud.
yes must be healthy to last that long. I fired up the R-com 50 today put in some Marans Australorp RIR Ancona in they should be pure and some barnevelder and silver campine not sure if these will be fertile but worth a shot as the blue barnevelder flew over into there pen a week ago. I only put the campine rooster in on Wednsday after treating him for lice the pullets were in with the barnevelders so may have an interesting cross if they are fertile. this year I only want to hatch at full moon and collect the eggs from full moon to setting day.
I have never tested the full moon theory. It will be interesting to see of the hatch rate improves. I expected you to fire up all your incubators and test all the breeds you have. It will be so cool to see all the chicks running around in 3 weeks time.
I do the full moon more for getting nice healthy large chicks not sure about the actual hatch rate. That was all the eggs that I collected for that week of the pures locked up I could put the other in I guess they would be newhampshire and RIR crossed with Australorps so would be OK as back yard layers.
I've always thought the full moon theory produces stronger healthier chicks during development, leading to better hatch rates with healthy chicks. Might give this a try. So you collect the eggs during a full moon, or set the eggs during a full moon?
Wouldn't you have to hold the eggs for a full month? That would reduce the hatch rate, wouldn't it? What hatch rates have you been getting? I have 2 eggs pipped. One bled where it pipped, so no sure if it will hatch. I am not going to help them out this time.
no it takes 21 days so you collect the eggs for that week from full moon and put them in as the moon cycle is 29 days so you only put in 7 days worth of eggs . I can't remember the hatch rates as last year I was sticking eggs in willy nilly in the end but I did have a good hatch on the last full moon only I lost 50% with cocci at about 6 weeks of age because I was busy with harvest and left them in a contaminated box too long. but the ones that did survive grew well and the ones on new moon were the smaller runted type , the heat didn't help but the size variation is huge between the two hatch times.
One of the eggs in unzipping at the moment. I placed the eggs on a piece of paper towel to give the chicks some grip as they try to stand up. The paper towel is soaked around the egg, almost like moisture leaked out of the egg. Very unusual, never had this before. I have not increased the humidity this time. It is around 40+%. It will be interesting to see if the chick is coated with slime as the previous batch.
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