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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:40 am 
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We have a Barnvelder sitting on 9 mixed eggs, they were placed under her Sunday evening three + weeks ago, and we are still waiting for some action. We misted the eggs last evening but still nothing is happening, do you have any suggestions pleeeeassse!! She is a very determined mother to be. The eggs have not been candled and came from a friend who has a rooster running with his chooks.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:43 am 
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You need to candle them to find out what is happening. They may not even be fertile or the chicks may not have developed.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:45 am 
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Candle them.

Otherwise wait until day 24 and then remove them

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:17 pm 
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Thanks for the quick responses - have no idea how to candle eggs - what do we need to do? Never had this problem before!!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:35 pm 
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This thread has heaps of info and links.

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7962588

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:55 pm 
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Okay, have attempted to candle the eggs. Have eliminated one, definitely liquid only. Several appear to have chicks in them, and some shells are too dense and I cannot see anything. Am thinking of sourcing some day old chicks for her. She got off for a while, and I thought she was giving up, but she's back on them again. Rest of the brood are enjoying ice blocks floating in their water - its 39C here!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:47 pm 
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We have sourced some day old chicks and so will place them under her tonight and take the eggs. If anyone has any ideas, I would still be interested to know why the clutch failed to hatch- she seems devoted to the eggs.All input gratefully received. :help:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:07 pm 
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Raf,

I wouldnt chuck them yet, give them another day or so.

Still not sure how the candling went, did you do it in the dark so that you could possibly see something? There are so many reasons why an egg wont hatch that it is impossible to say without some more info.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:14 pm 
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jocler wrote:
Raf,

I wouldnt chuck them yet, give them another day or so.

Still not sure how the candling went, did you do it in the dark so that you could possibly see something? There are so many reasons why an egg wont hatch that it is impossible to say without some more info.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:19 pm 
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Candling was ambiguous. I did it in our walk in robe - v. dark indeed! As I said in my other posting, some eggs seemed to have chicks, whilst other shells appeared too dense to see anything. The day old chicks have arrived, I so I place them under her tonight. Wish us luck. Thanks for the assistance. :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:30 pm 
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Crack the eggs and have a good look at the embryos.

If you take some photos we can tell you what might have happend.

Hope the day olds settle in. Do you know what to do?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:02 am 
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We took the eggs last night and placed six day old chicks under her. She was very excited and fussed around them until she was happy with the living arrangements. Thanks for the offer, but hubby has declined cracking the eggs: must admit rotten egg gas is not pleasant. I think next time we will source our eggs from someone with an incubator so we are sure we have fertile eggs.
One more question though - at present mum and chicks are in a separate caged off area, is it okay to let them out with the general chook population? And if so when is it okay to do this. In the past we have kept our chicks separate, but have since been told we needn't have.
All the advice has been a godsend to this harrassed foster mother!! :D :grouphug:


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:31 am 
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If you have the facilities to keep them separate, then there's less risk like that. Sometimes other adults can hurt the chicks - sometimes they don't.

I know others get away with it because they know the temperaments of their birds and have done it before.

I would keep them separate, especially while they are tiny and vulnerable. It's a matter of opinion really. Now you'll get all the successful integration stories posted. :biggrin:

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