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post #291 of 1037 Old 11-06-2012, 08:27 AM
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Seriously pulling out my hair!
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Probably only get roosters too
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LOL! That's why I just order day old chicks. At least you will get to eat the roos for Sunday dinner.....Chicken and dumplings.......mmmmmmmmmmm!
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post #292 of 1037 Old 11-06-2012, 08:34 AM
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...... WAITING FOR BABIES!!! After three stops at the feed store and two at WM..... Cheap raising chickens.... Ummmm NO! LOL!!
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LOL. We just don't learn do we?
I'll bet this time next year, when feed prices are enough to make you want to cry, we will still be cooing about the new birds we have/plan to get.
Yeah, we just don't learn.

Can't wait to hear how the hatch goes!
I can't remember if I mentioned it pages ago, but there was a duckling hatching emergency here one year.
Weird cold snap in July, and yes, that's when momma duck's eggs decided to hatch. Apparently the loudest wiggly-est one got kicked out of the nest and pushed across the barn. I found it when I did barn check at 11:30pm that night.
The duckling had a tiny beak hole started, but it was only 40 degrees outside and the egg felt like ice.
Momma would NOT take it back!
Figured it was already a' goner from the cold and went to toss it, when it wiggled in my hand!
Ran to the house, warmed it up gently and spent all night helping her hatch out of her shell using tweezers and q-tips.
After a week in the house she was adopted by my "loves everything" hen.
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Oh Lockwood! I want to hold it and cuddle it and stroke it and name him George!!!
That is AWESOME!
Yeah DCA, soup city if I get roos, or off to the sale.

ONE CHICK HATCHED!!
Now 6 more, better happen soon before I go looney toons!
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YAY!!
Come on... hatch babies hatch! < said chant like >
I'm sure you mentioned it already, but what type of chicks do you have cookin'?
You know... I hear watched eggs are as bad as watching a pot to see when it boils.

Thanks.
The little duckling's name actually became Toast.
For whatever reason I had forgot that Muscovies take 35 to days to hatch, not 30 like normal ducks (or something like that) and just a day or two prior I was prepared to clean the nest of icky eggs before they broke and stunk up the barn.
Right at that moment (with a handful of eggs) a friend called and needed some help with one of her animals. Back the eggs went until I could get to them, so Toasty made it through two very close calls.
To this day she still acts more like a chicken than a duck.
(Hmmm, wonder why???)
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One lucky duckie! I'd say he's suffering from a hatch life crisis. Cue drum! Lol!

Just RIR, this is my test batch for this new bator. Looking into another broodier breed so I don't have to depend on incubating. I would looovvveee to just have mamma do it all.
These are hatchery birds, blah!
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post #296 of 1037 Old 11-06-2012, 11:04 AM
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Speckled Sussex, Wyandottes (I have Silver Laced) Black Copper Marans, and Orpingtons are all breeds I have and they will sit on anything!
I don't own an incubator and I generally hatch out about 60 turkey eggs (under chickens) each year and I don't even know how many chicken chicks with them.
Usually, when I find a broody hen I stuff the turkey eggs under her because I don't want any more chicken chicks, and the turkey mums are well... bird brained!
Turkeys move the eggs around too much and then don't snap out of "hatch mode" to get off the nest to feed the peeps very well.
The ratios with them are so so.. like 70% success.
The chickens though usually have 95% success and I love not having to do the brooder thing any more.

I'm also sneaky in that I will buy locally or order specific breeds of chicks that I want and time it to when I have a broody hen. Once the chicks arrive I will swap them out for the eggs under the hen while she is sleeping... and voila! Instand family.

Ohhh... pretty birds WeT Train (lol... that's how I see it too)
Austra, Wyandotte, Polish Tophat (love the Polish, wish I could have one) and Cornish??
Did I get them right?

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Ohhh... pretty birds WeT Train (lol... that's how I see it too)
HAHA. I should have taken a survey on it.

Yes, you guessed correctly.
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LOVELY birds WeTrain! I love the Polish, had 2 Polish roos for awhile but they weren't smart enough to stay out of the dog yard, unfortunately.

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60 TURKEYS!?!? What does one do with 60 TURKEYS!?!? LOL! Ummm eat them...
Yeah I am so confused on what breed I want. Good eating, good laying, good mammas, hardy and tough enough to make it free ranging during the day... You know, THE PERFECT CHICKEN! Almost as confusing as picking a man.

Lil peepers in the bator!

Zip baby Zip!

Three down, 5 to go!

Wetrain I'm coming for your Cornish! Great birds!
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