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Old 05-22-2018, 04:12 PM
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mixed species hatch-a-long! (eggs set 5/18 and 5/22)

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Who wants to come along as we hatch out a couple of incubators' worth of barnyard eggs brought back from my Aunt's farm? We have barnyard mix chicken eggs (roo has blue egg gene, also may be a few pures from a second roo in the flock), mixed variety guinea keet eggs, and, my precious ones: 5 duck eggs who may have been fathered by a duck who started life in my home as a much loved housepet but had to be rehomed when we moved to the city. He has lived on her farm for over 2 years now, they love him and he is happy there. We all agree he stays with them, but my man and I want some of his babies in our poultry flock. Ducks will be kacki cambell, indian runner hens crossed with either kacki cambell or rouen(my boy) drakes. 5 eggs and G is older and more in charge than the other drake, I think chances are good for at least one grand duckbaby.

Also, have begun the process of buying our farmland and are going to look at properties in the next few weeks when my man can get off work for a few days to drive the 8ish hours to see it. The land looks perfect, cross fingers and toes for us please!

I candled the eggs today and the chicken eggs whos shells can be seen through have obvious vein growth and chick starts. Whoo! The ducks may have veins, but it is hard to tell. They incubate a good 2 weeks longer than chickens, so it is still early to tell for them. Guineas incubate a week longer than chickens, are smaller eggs, and are brown shelled. Not a good combo for candling, so I'll give it time and candle again in a few days to a week or so.

Setting up a second incubator now that I just bought. It is called "automatic" but does not turn the eggs (grr.), so it really is just a forced air incubator but oh well. Going to set another 7 chicken eggs bringing the total to (I think): 19 chicken eggs, 19 guinea eggs, 5 duck eggs.

Gosh I hope they don't all hatch (but I also sort of do because that would be adorable as heck).

I've incubated a couple species of quail eggs before with success, raised 1 duck as a housepet from 9 days old, and raised 9 chickens to freezer age from about a week old. Never had guineas or incubated either other type of egg. Very exciting stuff!


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Old 05-22-2018, 04:32 PM
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Re: mixed species hatch-a-long! (eggs set 5/18 and 5/22)

Oh I forgot to mention: one of the eggs contains a set of twins.


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Old 05-22-2018, 04:58 PM
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Re: mixed species hatch-a-long! (eggs set 5/18 and 5/22)

yes show us
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Old 05-22-2018, 06:46 PM
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Re: mixed species hatch-a-long! (eggs set 5/18 and 5/22)

the eggs currently(not much to see).
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Old 05-23-2018, 11:16 AM
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Re: mixed species hatch-a-long! (eggs set 5/18 and 5/22)

I wanna see some babies! Keep us updated please
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:54 PM
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Re: mixed species hatch-a-long! (eggs set 5/18 and 5/22)

Sadly the egg with twins did not make it. Luckily I pulled the egg today when I noticed a bad smell and a bit of fluid coming from one of the pores... the egg exploded in my hand. Luckily not in the incubator tho, and it didn't take any other eggs with it. Of the other chicken eggs whos shells can be seen thru 1 is clear (infertile) and one hasn't grown in about a week (early quitter). They were not bad tho so I left them in the incubator for now, and the rest are growing on track that I can see. Some have shells that cannot be seen through though, so no way to tell with those ones.



The duck eggs you can see movement in each of. The guineas I have not really tried to candle, but when I do with one or two, they seem to be growing normally. The chicken eggs go into lockdown midway through next week and should start hatching out this time next week. Guineas a week afer, ducks another week after.


We leave next Wednesday to go look at some potential properties. We will be gone for the first hatch! But it should be ok. We have someone coming to turn the eggs not in lockdown and to look after the other critters 3+ times a day.


I can't stop watching this video:


Today is day 14 and the chicks are turning to the hatch position.


Also am super duper excited for baby duckies. Whoo hoo


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Re: mixed species hatch-a-long! (eggs set 5/18 and 5/22)

Oh my gosh, how exciting!! So many eggs ahhhhhhh! Love this thread. Keep the pictures and updates coming!!
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:52 PM
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Re: mixed species hatch-a-long! (eggs set 5/18 and 5/22)

I soooo want a baby chick! PLEASSSEEEEE???!!!





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Re: mixed species hatch-a-long! (eggs set 5/18 and 5/22)

Adorable lil chickens!! Update us please!!! Chickens are amazing, I have raised a clutch before and they are a lot of fun!
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Re: mixed species hatch-a-long! (eggs set 5/18 and 5/22)

Cicken eggs are officially in lockdown (no turning, supposed to be way high humidity and no even opening incubator for last few days in prep of hatch)! Will still open the incubator to turn the guineas and ducks, and will keep the humidity around 50%, because too high and the less developed chicks could die in their shells with still 1-2 weeks of incubation left.



Very exciting stuff. They say bantam chickens may hatch a few days early tho, and there is a banty egg in there so we will see.


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