Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Incubation success..sort of

I didn't want to tell when I decided to incubate this time because my previous attempt was such a dud, but here's what happened.

Well, I did succeed in hatching out one chick last week, so it is a success, even if I put 34 eggs in the incubator to start out with. I ordered a dozen cochins, six silkie eggs, and six mille fleur eggs. The cochins came from somewhere in the midwest (I can't remember, I'd have to look it up) and she sent 15 eggs. The box looked like it had been drop kicked by postal employees en route, so I was pretty sure nothing would make it despite the fact that none of the eggs were a bit cracked. Surprisingly, that's where my only chick came from.

The silkies and mille fleurs came from northern California. She sent 9 of one and 10 of the other. The box looked perfect on the outside. Almost all of these eggs started developing, then stopped about ten days in. I'm not sure why, but this incubator has weird temperature spikes, and all I can figure is the temps got too high and killed most everything off.

I still had three eggs on day 1 when I candled, but I think one was already dead, and the other died around that time. We decided we need to order a new thermostat before I try a batch of valuable eggs again, because this one little baby ended up costing me a bundle!

On the other hand, because I put all those eggs in the 'bator, we started building a new coop. So now I have a half finished coop and only one little baby, we had to order day-old chicks. =) Can't wait until they arrive. I'll definitely post pics because they'll be adorable.

So my new baby is a cochin, we think he'll be black, but he could turn out blue, since they were in the same pen at the lady's house. This also came from a pen of frizzles (chickens with curled feathers) so I'm hoping he will be like that. We haven't named him/her yet, but I figure we aren't in any hurry.

I scrubbed and sanitized my incubator this weekend and raided my Muscovy duck nest for eggs--when she sat on them last time, she only hung around about 3 weeks, then decided she was done, and Muscovies take 5 weeks to incubate, so I figured I had nothing to lose.

Wish me luck!


Charity said...

Hey Heather! I found a link here from LeAnn's blog and just had to stop in and say hello -- I've been so out of touch for the past, what? nearly 10 years? that I thought I ought to try to make up some time. I've got a blog at charitylund.blogspot.com, but from what I've read so far, I don't post nearly as often as you. You seem to be doing well, I'm glad. :) Hope to hear from you soon!

Tristi Pinkston said...

You know, it might be worth it to drive out of state somewhere and get some live babies since there aren't any hatcheries in Utah. Maybe it would cost less!

This baby is sure a cutey.

Heather Justesen said...

You'd think so, wouldn't you, but the next closest hatchery to us that has a really good selection of chickens is on the California coast. *sigh* I've heard so many stories of people driving to hatcheries and picking their chicks up, it sounds so interesting. I guess I'll either have to keep having them shipped in as chicks, or put some feelers out here in Utah for people who raise them in their back yards if I want to try different breeds.