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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:27 am 
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Awesome job on the Sussex - and I am jealous about your RIR's too. I only managed to hatch one of those but out of 6 eggs only a few were actually fertile.

28 little chicks running around! What type of brooder do you have, or do you have two? Also, what do you do with all the chicks you hatch?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:04 am 
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Mr Winglet here,

Another little Rhode Island Red hatched through the night. :woot:
The other one that has pipped is still alive and responding when you cheep at him (winglet did that, not me), and we have two that haven't pipped. :(


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:25 pm 
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wow that is an exceptional hatch rate! That breeder deserves a medal and so do you!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:27 pm 
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So,

I've just looked in the 'bator for the first time since about 3:00pm.

Sadly the last little Rhodie to hatch has died..... Poor little bugger :cry:

He was kinda lying down when I checked on them at 3:00, and I thought he was in a bit of strife then, so It's not a complete surprise, but still....

The other one that had pipped, but not gotten out of his shell has made the hole bigger, but still isn't out.
On the plus side he sounds quite strong, you can hear him tapping away at the shell & if you cheep at him he cheeps back at you. So where there's life there's hope I guess.
I'm trying to be good and not intervene, having read where people have helped chicks out of eggs, only for them to have any number of problems and either end up dying, or needing to be dispatched,


OK, Stupid question time....... What do I do with the dead one, I've scooped him up in a plastic bag, so he's out of the 'bator, but what do I do now?

I could drop him in the rubbish bin, or flush him, but it seems seems "wrong" some how.



Mr Winglet. (The brooder on the other side of the room is a seething mass of yellow, orange & black fluffyness) :biggrin: :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:25 pm 
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Woohoo on the hatch! Looks like you have your hands full of fluffy goodness. Makes me want to get my bator running again, but I'm not allowed to just yet.

I bury my dead chicks, luckily I've only lost one so far [that was at 11 days old :(]

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:07 pm 
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HATCH UPDATE
Monday 20th December 2010 (hatch day + 2)


- Everyone that's hatched (except the dead one) is now in the brooder.
- Still one pipped fighting his way out... chirping & tapping away. Not sure he'll make it, as it's been a very long time. Will leave the incubator on until he hatches or dies.
- Still two eggs not pipped.

Have taken some photos & am about to muck around with them & upload one or two. Will add them to this thread when I'm done.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:58 pm 
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Good work! Sorry to hear about the one that died though :(

I put my dead ones in a plastic bag then in the wheelie bin. If I were to bury them the dog would no doubt sniff them out and dig them up which would be worse...

I hope your little fighter gets out of the egg soon. I also had two at the end that did nothing (no pipping).

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:18 pm 
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The seething mass of fluff at 2 days old:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:53 pm 
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Adorable!

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Gees I can count about 18 cockerels in that photo,

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rotten_66 wrote:
Gees I can count about 18 cockerels in that photo,

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Ok so NOW I am beginning to understand your BYP moniker ;)
:rofl: !


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:03 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:48 pm 
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So we woke up this morning and found the last one had died in the shell in the night. :(

I got him out of the shell, and he was HUGE !!
I think he was actually too big to turn around in the shell. and cut his way out.

I'm not as upset about this one, as it was almost expected.



Mr Winglet (I need to go back to work, I'm spending too much money on holidays)

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:33 pm 
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FINAL HATCH UPDATE
Tuesday 21st December 2010 (hatch day + 3)


Of 42 eggs set;
- 32 made it to Day 14+ (76.19%)
- 29 hatched (71.42%)
- 28 are healthy, active chicks today (66.66%)

Of 6 Sussex eggs;
- 6 are healthy, active chicks today (100%)

Of 17 Rhode Island Red eggs;
- 10 are healthy, active chicks today (58.82%)

Of 19 Australorp eggs
- 12 are healthy, active chicks today (63.15%)

They're good sized chicks. Far larger than the last lot I hatched (mostly Leghorns & Leghorn X) at this age. Some are already showing feathers coming through on their wings... how fast the blighters grow.

This thread will now come to an end for me, and further updates will be in the thread "The Adventures of Winglet & the Bantam Menace" at http://forum.backyardpoultry.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7981535&start=405

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