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bodger

Tempted.

I'm getting some lovely big eggs from my Ancona brood pens and I'm tempted to dust off the incubator and set a few of them. I don't usually hatch this early but as I say, I am tempted. Any pullets that I get should be laying around June time.
Dave C

Oh don't mate, you'll set me off  
Dave C

But your right it's tempting to get some early layers.

And with this lock down there all in doors anyway.

My meat hybrids are laying like the clappers  
confused

Aye just go for it , nothing better than a nice early hatch ,  
bodger

And a  couple of days ago, I managed to sell my last nine Welsummers, so I've made a little space for any new arrivals.
I got this egg yesterday. Surely too good to waste on a round of toast?




confused

I agree    
bodger

I gave into temptation yesterday afternoon and stuck eleven Ancona eggs into the incubator.
Dave C

And we're off  
bodger

I sent half a dozen Ancona eggs to a friend a couple of weeks ago and he's reported back to say that five out of the six are developing.
bodger

I've put another eleven eggs into the incubator this evening. I'll have to get another incubator going to hatch in. I'll move the first eggs into it about four days before they're due to hatch.
Dave C

Bye your on the ball this season pal  
bodger

Twelve days in and this evening I finally got around to candling the first eggs that I put in. Four clears and the rest seem to be developing OK.

I've dusted down my old still air incubator to hatch them in but can't for the life remember me what temperature it needs to be at but I do know its different from my more modern circulating air one.  I'll have to look it up. I'll test the eggs again at around 17 days and then move them across.
Dave C

Not bad fertility for this time of the year mate  

Most of my meat hybrids have decided to go into moult  
So they will have to wait.

The Indian Game are not laying yet, but I have some Cuckoo Marans hens in with the meat hybrid cockerels  
I'm thinking cockerels for the table, dark laying pullets that lay 400 a year  


Well I can dream  
confused

Dave C wrote:
Not bad fertility for this time of the year mate  

Most of my meat hybrids have decided to go into moult  
So they will have to wait.

The Indian Game are not laying yet, but I have some Cuckoo Marans hens in with the meat hybrid cockerels  
I'm thinking cockerels for the table, dark laying pullets that lay 400 a year  


Well I can dream  

It sounds good , i might enjoy that dream    
bodger

I really cant believe that I left my hatching incubator and my electric hen in such a shitty condition at the end of last season.  Its windy and rainy here right now so I've just cleaned them both and they were a disgrace.

I've used warm soapy water on them, dried them off and then sponged them all over with some of that clear Dettol surface cleanser that threatens to kill 99.9% of all bacteria and viruses.

Fingers crossed, my first chicks of the 2017 season are due on Tuesday.
bodger

Just heard a cheep emanating from the incubator and a quick decko through the inspection hatch reveals that my first chick of the 2017 season has started to hatch.
Dave C

   
bodger

Just one chick so far but the temperature in the incubator is going up and down like a yo yo  
confused

well done.
Dave C

How did it end up bodger?
bodger

I ended up with five but had to cull one and a second one was dead this morning, so I have three left.
bodger

I wasn't overly happy with the chicks from my first hatching, so I've changed the incubator that I've been hatching in to another one.
This morning, I was met with what to me, counts as being a bit of a mass hatching. I was greeted by four lively vigorous chicks and I'm much happier with them than the previous ones. They're all Anconas so far but I do have some Light Sussex eggs left in there that still to hatch. The 21 days are up today, so fingers crossed and I should get a few more.  
confused

Hope you get a result .
bodger

When you had some of the poor hatchings in incubators that I've had, then four chicks is a good result but there are quite a few more in this lot that I can see have chipped.  
bodger

Eight chicks from eleven eggs and now that I think of it, I did put two eggs in a day later than the others, so there's a bit of time for the remaining three eggs yet.
Dave C

Not a bad result  

Are you doing many batches this year?
bodger

Day 22 and I have nine chicks with just the two eggs left to hatch and I can see that one of those is chipping.

Dave, I've got another small batch of eggs due to hatch next week and a  batch of thirty eggs ready to go into the big incubator this evening, then that should be it me done for the season.
I managed to rear 12 pullets last season and if I can manage something similar this year, that'll be plenty.
We still don't know where we're going to be living by the end of the year, or what sort of place it will be.  We have  our smallholding up  for sale but meanwhile, life goes on as normally as possible.
Dave C

Sounds like fertility is good and your very well organised pal.  

You will be putting your Incy back to bed by mid march.
bodger

If it isn't, there could be a divorce in the offing.

This thread was entitled 'Temptation' . My geese are laying like the clappers and I have loads of eggs, what do you thinks running through my mind?   but do I want all the hassle of goslings ?
bodger

Just taken the dog out for a hours walk and got back to find that the other two eggs had hatched, I can't recall ever having had a 100% hatch before ! Whey Hey ! And that's including with broodies too.
Dave C

Well that's it, your on a roll

Get them Goose eggs in.....

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