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Old Apr 13th, 2017, 01:08 AM   81
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I decided to wait and test out the incubator for a couple days first, make sure the temp is calibrated right etc. And mt speckled sussex eggs arrived today so tomorrow I will set them all together
Our muscovy drake went missing while we were away last weekend . But today we found 3 duck eggs so I will add them to the incubator and hopefully we can hatch the last of his progeny.

Pita I've heard small goats are actually harder to keep fenced as they're more prone to jump



 
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Old Apr 13th, 2017, 12:15 PM   82
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Pita I've heard small goats are actually harder to keep fenced as they're more prone to jump
My neighbor, who had goats for years, was the one who told me that, but I have no first-hand knowledge. Unfortunately, it may just come down to the individual goat! I guess we'll have to wait and see when we actually get goats lol.

Sorry to hear about your drake I hope you get a great hatch rate.



 
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Howare your meat birds coming?

We had an abysmal hatch. None of the sussex eggs were fertile (I'm getting replacement eggs in spring), neither were the duck eggs. Of the other 24, 14 were viable at lockdown which isnt too bad. I left three in that I wasn't sure about, and they turned out to be rotten (thankfully they didnt explode)
One chick hatched a full day early and 6 others pipped on time. But overnight two of the pipped eggs died when the humidity dropped and shrink wrapped them.
Then two hatched the following afternoon and 15 minutes later my parents arrived andwe went to show them the chicks and one had managed to get its head stuck in the tiniest gap between the tray and the wall and drowned in the water below Another chick hatched that evening.
The following morning the final pipped egg hatched just as I woke up to check on it, and half an hour later when my daughter got up I showed her the new chick and discovered that the second oldest of the chicks had also drowned! so we have 3 chicks, a Welsummer cross and 2 Araucanas. we named them Goldie (yellow/copper welsummer), Platinum/Plati a very light Araucana whis probably lavender, and Titanium/Titan, a grey(blue?) araucana. Titan also has splayed legs I'm correcting.

This afternoon we're buying some australorp chicks to make the most of our brooder, and tomorrow we're picking up a blue australorp breeding trio so today I'm finishing building their coop. Might also pick up some 3 week old barnevelder chicks tomorrow but its an extra hour of driving so I'm undecided.

Oh and 2 weeks ago one of my ducks showed up with 10 ducklings in tow! So we do have descendants of our drake after all. One died (my 5 year old accidentally killed it ) and we've told them we will keep 2 girls and the other 7 we will butcher in about 3 months.



 
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Oh NDH, I'm sorry about the hatch rate and your chicks that died! Your 3 that lived, are you raising them in the house or did you give them to a broody hen?

Sounds like that mama duck did a good job though! Glad to hear that your drake has left behind some decedents.

Did you get the barnevelder chicks?

We had some broody hens hatch out 10 chicks from 17 eggs, and then 2 chicks died (one I think from being too cold, and one I think from getting crushed), and another has disappeared. Unfortunately my broodies aren't great mamas, there are 3 of them and they care more about who has the chicks than if the chicks are cared for They leave chicks outside the coop every night, we have to catch them and put them in. We're down to 7 chicks (it'll be a wonder if any make it to adulthood). I plan to keep the pullets and butcher the roos.

The meat chicks are coming along very nicely. We haven't lost any of them yet. They're not growing too fast (though they are definitely growing faster than my orpington chicks are!) and are quite active. We have them outside in chicken tractors now, and they really enjoy the grass. They have feed, but as soon as they're on fresh grass, they're eating that! I'll be keeping a rooster and 3 or 4 pullets to integrate some meat-type genetics into my flock. My husband is building me a chicken plucker, should be a lot faster/more pleasant than plucking by hand!



 
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