February 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm #256639
We just got 6 fertile eggs to go under our broodie bantam, Plumpet.
Initially she didn’t want to sit and was trying to get back to the main chook house. So I had to shut her in the nesting box for a couple of hours. It worked, she is sitting fast.
I dusted her earlier in the day with derris dust for any mites she might have.
The eggs came from a friend down the road. A mixture of cross breeds, hopefully they will rejuvenate our egg laying capacity.
ps due 9th MarchFebruary 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm #520436
Goodluck: heres hoping there are no thunder storms to wreck your hatching.February 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm #520437
Tomorrow’s day 7 are you going to candle the eggs to check fertility?February 23, 2012 at 12:00 am #520438
I have not done this before. I have heard the term but not sure how to go about it.
Sorry, could you tell me a bit about it and would it upset the hen?
DaylaFebruary 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm #520439
I think you will find mixed opinions on here about candling.Some say do so, others, just leave things be.I’m not an expert so won’t advise one way or the other, except to say that if I was confident that the eggs should be fertile I wouldn’t bother.I have candled once, because I thought it was interesting!
I did it at night ,using a small bright LED torch that would shine up through a toilet roll tube , with the egg held at the other end.I’m not going to go into details about what it looks like , you’ll need to do your own research and make your own decisions.Good luck with the brood.You have Plumpet , I have Crumpet!February 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm #520440
I have a crumpet to. I think I got the name from you actually. 2 little bantams they are, crumpet small and crumpet coloured and so cute. Plumpet a plumper version is doing the sitting.
DaylaFebruary 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm #520441
I do it late at night when the hen is dopey. Chooks can’t see blue light so it you cover one torch with blue cellophane to help you navigate to the chookhouse and to where the chook’s nest is, it will hardly know you’re there.
Then you need anothor bright torch to do the actual candling but as the previous posts says that’s half way up a toilet roll so not likely to disturb her either.
The reason I do it is that infertile eggs kept warm and moist grow lots of bacteria and as the bactria multiplies it releases gas and all that pressure building up inside the egg can make the shell break — then all the stinking mess contaminates the good eggs and the embryos die.
The only rule is no candling after day 18 (because the chick is positioning itself ready for hatch and the eggs shouldnt be moved).March 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm #520442
here is the link to my blog where you can see lots of pictures of our babies!
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