Hatching refrigerated eggs
So did not know this was possible!
A had one of my RIR hens go broody a few weeks back, (pointless, because my new roos are both too young to be effective yet) and the breeder I got my last round of chickens from brought over some fertilized faverolle eggs to let the hen sit. I thought she was nuts bringing me eggs right out of the fridge. But she insisted it was fine, and I went ahead and put them under the hen.
I'll be ****ed if they aren't hatching today. I would have never in a million years guessed you could hatch refrigerated eggs. Learn something new every day!
Their Alive!! That is weird.
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I want pics of these cool chicks please.
Wow that's really weird! Please put pics up!
Never heard of it before either! WOW! So weird and cool! I'd name them all after cold and ice and winter, lol!
I wonder if there is a maximum amount of time the eggs can be refrigerated and still be viable?
I think we need photos of the cute little chicks.
How bizarre. My roos were 4 mo & in with my hens, unfortunately we had no chickies.
Well, in the end I only have 1 surviving chick from the 5 eggs I originally put under her. I knew two were duds from candling them. Two hatched, the third must have stopped development at some point.
But one chick fell from the nest and was squashed, before I got the hen moved down to ground floor. :cry: However the remaining chick is doing well, and surrogate mom is being a darn good broody, keeping with her, taking her out into the yard, teaching her to scratch, etc. I'll get pictures tomorrow~!
Phillip, at 4 mos most roos aren't mature enough yet to fertilize eggs. My two current roos are 5 months and 4 months, neither are covering the hens yet. I don't really expect to see them do much until around 6-8 months, which is a normal maturation age.
Shame that they didn't all make it, but I am looking forward to cute pics!
Cold can sometimes create a state of suspended animation with life possible under the right conditions.. I have brought back "dead" humans after being "submerged in cold before, (in ER) so I guess it's possible.. Hope to see the new "survivor" soon.. ;)
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