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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:42 am 
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Hi all. I've got 11 eggs due to hatch today. Two days ago my husband offered to help me divide the nestbox so that the mother could be separated from two other broodies - this involved installing a piece of plywood in the middle. I chucked everyone off the nest while he worked, and went off to fill the various water bowls about the place. Only - suddenly I hear 'rrRRRRRRRRR-R-R-R!!' - he's just used his ratchet drill to do up a screw - and it was SO SO LOUD! You know how loud those things can be - if there's a building site using one within about ten kilometers you can hear it!
So my question is this - are the chicks likely to have died of fright? :-(


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:02 am 
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No don't think so.

The "thunderstorm" killed all my eggs is an old wives tale,





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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:39 am 
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The chicks would have heard it loud and clear but I'm sure they will be fine :)

Hope your hubby was wearing ear protection though! ;)

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:59 pm 
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Update: it's the end of day 23 and no sign of life. Standard-sized eggs, collected (not posted) from flock with known fertility. Candled at 7 days with definite signs of development. Very sad!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:05 pm 
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Give them a day or two longer.

Try candling one or two. What do you see?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:58 am 
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Update: Left them to Day 25 then broke one into a hole in the ground. Just rotten. Broke the rest - not one had any sign of chick. I guess it has just been too hot here in Brisbane. Sigh.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:27 am 
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That is a bummer. I guess at least you know that the noise wasn't the problem.. Still very disappointing though.

Has the temp gone over 38 often?

I'm sure that your next attempt will be successful.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:27 pm 
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Yes, the temperature has probably been over that. The first week I had them the temps in Brisbane were very high, and no doubt much higher in the nestbox with three broodies in it! It's just a real bummer because I've never had a 0% hatch rate before, even with posted eggs.


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