I've had so called fertile eggs under a broody for 26 days....one hatched but didn't survive, what do you think? should I chuck the rest now? she has raised chicks successfully before, and I seem to remember it taking longer than 21 days, but this seems excessive. will check back later for your words of wisdom, TIA
what's DIS? I gave up today--- I think one may have exploded as she was in a real mess with 2 eggs stuck to her I had to wash her (not popular) then I decided to check what had happened, so I cracked open the remaining eggs. One was off and smelt awful. One was just wierdly runny. One had a dead chick in it, apparently full grown So of 8 eggs, only 2 fertile and none succesful. Bit pissed off really. I bought them as we have no cockerel (urban). I don't want to get more, it can't be good for her to sit again, surely?
thanks for your thoughts, anyway, maybe the weather is to blame
thats gutting, when I hatched a couple of years ago we had 8 eggs and only 3 hatched, a couple looked like they were full grown, out of the three they were all cockrels so we didnt end up with any of them
We use a Brinsea mini advance incubator. I know it isnt cheap but it is darn easy that i can use it and trust me i am not normally good with technology. it adjusts everything for you, auto turns the eggs and counts down the days. We have had 3 hatches now and out of 7 eggs have had two 5's and a 6. Currently have 7 eggs in there on day 15 so will be hatching out soon.
thanks for the offer, MissB. We have one silkie, ThingOne (there was a ThingTwo once)- strangely she is laying very well this year, after 3-4 years hardly laying. I have a theory that it's because bossy boss bantam died at Christmas so she isn't so intimidated! Anyway, I think I'll give eggs a miss now and maybe get a few POLs in a few weeks. I was really after some hybrids that would lay well in winter, anyway. At least I haven't had the cockerel problem! Silkies are great though!- what colour do you have?
I have all the standard colours - white, black, gold, blue and partridge. I do love them abittoomuch. I have two blue ones drying in my utility room at the moment for a show. The house smells of a combination of wet chicken and shampoo