Thursday, May 3, 2012

Babies and Blizzards ;)

Again the snow flakes were falling yesterday morning but not really a blizzard...just being a drama queen about it.  But my folks are arriving here this afternoon from Southern California and I would appreciate it if the weather was at its best behavior.  That's asking a lot for this time of year in a place where summer doesn't really begin until after 4th of July.

The grand total on my hatch turned out to be 16 chicks out 17 eggs.  I opened up the egg that didn't hatch and there was a dead chick that pipped the membrane internally but never pipped the shell.  It didn't look like a pip-and-drown though because there was no visible fluid.  It's a mystery to me.  Doesn't stop me, on to my next batch of eggs: blue-laced red Wyandottes and potential olive-eggers which are a cross between Black Copper Marans and blue egg laying Easter Eggers.  Have I lost you yet?  Hopefully not!


  1. That was an excellent hatch. I have been having crappy hatches this year but it is probably my own fault, not enough time to do everything.
    Hope you have a nice visit with your folks! Maybe they would enjoy seeing snow!

    1. Thanks Becky,
      I'm learning that all the hatching mistakes I'm making are either humidity being too high or the room I have the incubator got below 65F and all the eggs on the outside edge of the turning tray die from the chill. It only took me 3 years to figure it out ;)
      My folks did arrive and are liking the cool weather, I guess it was hot driving through some of the desert parts.

  2. Congrats on the chicks. I'm impressed. Don't feel too bad about the snow. It snowed here last weekend. Hopefully it will melt soon.