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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:06 pm 
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Hi All
Latest hatch in the rcom, backyard layers 16 of 23 out and some pipping. All different colours. Blacks that look like australorps and yellows, buffs and stripes.
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My question: there is 5 eggs in the incubator that are all light coloured and the same shape so probably from the same hen. None of those are doing anything although 1 pipped yesterday but nothing since. Can one hens diet be deficient if all others are OK or nutrition compromised by illness? I candled at day 18 and all were developing then.
Just wondered...
I shall leave them a bit longer as technically it is day 21 today.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:19 pm 
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Yes just leave them for up to three days

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Can one hens diet be deficient if all others are OK or nutrition compromised by illness?
Most definitely- I have seen it in my own flock with one particular bird that came into my flock late last year. I have currently got her separated with a drake and have her on a special diet in the hope it will assist in getting some ducklings from her.

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Lovely looking peepers Johanna - congrats :thumbs:

Any more movement from the remaining five?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:46 pm 
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Hi Domestica
1 of the five out this morning
1 almost out but not enough strength to complete the job yet
3 doing nothing so I will candle them tomorrow and discard if nothing happening.
And a brooder full of peepers!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:59 pm 
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Did #2 of the five make it out yet?

Photos of the other peepers please!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:41 pm 
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Especially for Domestica...

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:49 pm 
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And another:

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1 has been trying all day to get out as I had to go to work and was sure he would be out by tonight.

Seemed stuck with all of the egg broken around and one leg out so gave him a light mist with warm water and removed most of the shell that was stuck on him. Against my better judgement but he had tried all day and was still alive so had to give him a go. He probably wont make it but is in the intensive care unit and we will see how things go tomorrow.

I NEVER help them out but the membrane was stuck to him only holding him in. Poor little bugger is lying exhausted but peeping now. He is number 20 out of 23.

The others can stay in the incubator for one more day then next hatch will be my light sussex eggs as I reckon I have ironed out any incubation issues now. :chicks:

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:09 am 
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Sweeties! Thanks for posting the pics! :chicks:

Interested to hear how #20 goes. I can imagine it being a really tough call on whether to intervene or not. With this lot I just had hatch, I vowed there would be no helping-and thankfully didn't need to-but faced with the decision my mind may have changed.

Oooh and light sussex! I am thinking I might like me some of those one day. :catch:

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:22 am 
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Promise that you can have first dibs on those when I get enough eggs that are big enough to hatch from.
The pullets are gorgeous big girls who have started laying at 21 weeks and surprised me.

Now have to do some chook tetris as I think it was Caladenia who said? and work out who will be moving in with whom to make some more room for them all.

Australorps need a fella soon for some lorp babies but not just yet.

Better yet, build another pen. :rofl:

I called my OH over to watch the first one hatch thinking that he would say 'thats nice Dear' but he stayed for the whole thing and keeps checking on them when Im not paying attention so I may get another pen out of him yet.

We build them together but he does it much faster and straighter than me.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:35 am 
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I called my OH over to watch the first one hatch thinking that he would say 'thats nice Dear' but he stayed for the whole thing and keeps checking on them when Im not paying attention so I may get another pen out of him yet.


:rofl: My OH was the same with the hatch here (a pleasant surprise). Tonight when I mentioned that Winglet was on her way to collect the peepers, he was straight to the brooder for a last hold and pet.

I just showed him a picture of some light sussex to see what he thought of them and his reply "oh they are nice! Light Sussex?'. Am teaching him well. :claps:

Are your girls standard or banties?

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Standard crew although I should get me some bantams as more would fit in each pen and they would probably eat less too. They eat A LOT!

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Last little one out is doing well and now in the brooder.
Three eggs left, 1 DIS and two quitters about day 12 I think by the looks.

All the same looking egg (shape and colour) so I think nutritional status of the mother hen is probably to blame for that. (not my hens by the way. The OH reckons ours get fed better than he does!)

There is a little silvery coloured one in there. Anyone know what colour it might turn out to be? I will try and get a photo of it tomorrow.

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Hooray for #20 making it out! :chicks:

I think **if*** I do get any more girls this year, I'll stick to bantams. Imagine how big they would be next to my tiny girls.

Last weigh in, the smallest wasn't even 800g!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:20 pm 
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Heres a pic of the little silver coloured chick.

Anyone know what colour silver down turns out to be?
It is a pullet by feather sexing.

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Quite silver on the head and back on white down elsewhere.

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