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#1 2013-01-15 20:30:58

riverbendfarm
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Hatching Has Begun!

New hatch due out tomorrow but they are popping like popcorn today!!!

So far have 1 Black Penny, One Barred Rock and 1 EO out of the shell, at least 6 more pipping and zipping!

Photos to follow when its safe to pop them into the brooder. I'll keep you all updated on how the hatch goes

:excited::excited::excited:


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
~Heraclitus

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#2 2013-01-15 20:49:33

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

:cheer: :hatch: :cheer: :hatch:

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#3 2013-01-15 20:56:47

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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

:jumping: keep them in lockdown so you can get as many babies as possible. we can wait for photos.


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#4 2013-01-15 22:55:47

Micah and Kiah
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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

:congrats:  That is awesome!  Keep us updated!


All the best,

Kiah and Micah

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#5 2013-01-15 23:19:45

Susan
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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

:hatch: congrats!!

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#6 2013-01-15 23:31:59

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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

:cheer: :cheer: :cheer:  :thumbsup: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

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#7 2013-01-16 00:00:52

Island Girl
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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

Congratulations! This is very exciting. Go chickies Go!!

XOX Monika

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#8 2013-01-16 01:40:23

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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

:congrats: but is agree with NP, wait as long is you need to to get as many healthy chicks as possible...24 hours wait is not all THAT likely to kill us.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#9 2013-01-16 01:52:57

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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

:congrats:  always exciting.  :thumbsup:


urban flock consisting two EOs thx Prairie Chick, one True Blue Ameraucana, and two Welsummers, thx Dan Smith and a gorgeous Easter Egger Hen, thx Flicker Chick. and 2 GLW pullets, 1 GLW cockerel, 1 SLW cockerel, 1 true blue Ameraucana pullet, and 4 EE pullets and 1 Cream Brabanter pullet, Thx to FRF, Anneke, and Fallyn.

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#10 2013-01-16 21:26:26

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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

Okay so I'm home from work and counting. We have 13 chicks out of the shell:
EO: 5
Black Penny: 6
Barred Rock: 2

Two more pipped and 1 more zipped almost all the way around! I'm so pumped! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

Have a peek:
http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj587/riverbendfarmss/4204CF6A-CFC0-4100-95A5-7372793693A2-37097-0000319A69431BEA.jpg

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj587/riverbendfarmss/A6EDC721-02A1-49E6-9170-DA7AA41F774E-37097-0000319A55AFDA50.jpg


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
~Heraclitus

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#11 2013-01-17 00:10:09

yardbirds
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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

:congrats:  am counting the days before mine hatch...almost the hours... Is your hatch complete?  Great pics.  :thumbsup:


urban flock consisting two EOs thx Prairie Chick, one True Blue Ameraucana, and two Welsummers, thx Dan Smith and a gorgeous Easter Egger Hen, thx Flicker Chick. and 2 GLW pullets, 1 GLW cockerel, 1 SLW cockerel, 1 true blue Ameraucana pullet, and 4 EE pullets and 1 Cream Brabanter pullet, Thx to FRF, Anneke, and Fallyn.

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#12 2013-01-17 01:51:50

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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

OMG they are so cute :love: :congrats:

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#13 2013-01-17 02:12:43

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:hatch: super sweet!!

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#14 2013-01-17 02:25:51

Micah and Kiah
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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

:congrats::chickout::love:


All the best,

Kiah and Micah

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#15 2013-01-17 03:05:35

poplar girl
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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

So cute! It never get's old...I can hardly wait to start hatching.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#16 2013-01-17 03:51:09

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

:snowman: :congrats: I am so happy to see the little black "Penguins" you have all the way over there!They always are in the first wave of hatchers, and about the same size and the bright yellow EOs.  Thanks for the pics =D

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#17 2013-01-17 04:18:38

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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

Yay! Nice hatch. Thanks for the :pics:


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#18 2013-01-17 23:11:15

riverbendfarm
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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

Hatching is all done and we have 16 new babies that are healthy and coming along fast! I am having trouble telling the barred rocks from the pennys =(. Some were hatching from eggs marked BR and they looked like penguins. I had my chickens in their breeding pen fpr a month before collecting eggs so it should be fine. I'll post some pics here and hopefully you guys can help.

Here's a cute pic:
http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj587/riverbendfarmss/6E1FF86D-1BC3-4554-8B83-E50A72FB3C37-37762-00003203E211014C.jpg

These are the guys I think are barred rocks...next to my EO babies.
http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj587/riverbendfarmss/EB3AD9D6-1C40-4973-B7E2-2DE8836A4841-37762-00003203B8B5E3B8.jpg

And the penguins:
http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj587/riverbendfarmss/2B1654D3-89C5-4A21-955F-0D8435E6C931-37762-00003205C4E02283.jpg

What do you guys think? I had several penedesencas from my main hen not hatch, when cracked they were fully formed with some yolk not absorbed. They didn't even pip. I haven't gottten a hatch from her since summer, but she's obviously fertile. Not certain what the deal is there. I considered putting her with a different roo, but obviously Elvis is doing his job. What else could be the problem? I followed the dry-hatch procedure to the letter. :huh:

Last edited by riverbendfarm (2013-01-17 23:13:59)


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
~Heraclitus

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#19 2013-01-18 00:34:33

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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

Congratulations!  Adorable.  I love chicks-in-a-basket pictures!
:love: :thumbs:

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#20 2013-01-18 00:42:49

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

Lovely! :love:  I'd say any of your penguins with big white or grey blobs on the top of or back of head are BRs, any with black tops to their heads are BPs, though both can have white/yellow on the face too.  The BPs usually have a flesh coloured foot and solid black shanks from the ankle up from day one.  I think your BRs would likely have yellow/flesh colour legs and feet all the way up with the females also having a spray painted (non solid) black line up the front including the foot.  So your 2 with the EOs are BRs.  In the penguin pic, your "2 o'click chick is likely a BP (nice dark head and shiny very black body).  The BPs will have more black and less orange/pink anyway on the legs. 

Could diet be a factor for the hen?  Lots of protein, greens etc is always good when they are breeding.  Whenever we were shipping or selling eggs we have a higher protein game feed for all the chooks and chicks and eggs were bigger and the eggs hatched way better after travelling than without it, there were less blood rings etc.  The pennies seem to do better sometimes with a higher protein, specially if moulting as they are a big heavy meaty bird, but they lay those big eggs too, so tend to need more protein than nearly all our breeds here.  Often if they were molting, we'd temporarily put them on the game feed to get them through it faster.

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#21 2013-01-18 01:54:51

riverbendfarm
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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

So game bird feed? I'll try that. This is not the same as grower feed which specifically says not to feed to laying flocks in production correct?

Thanks so much Claire! You are an awesome Penny House Mom! I went back and looked closely like you said and found three with all black shanks, and they were glossy shiny black and more uniform of face, with little silver. I think I have found my Penny's!

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No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
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#22 2013-01-18 04:26:16

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

It is a 30% protein feed made by Masterfeeds here in Ontario. I think it is a grower.  Our feed store put us onto it as there is a huge group of show breeders the other side of our local town and they get their feed from there and swear by it for increasing hatchability etc in the Spring and we saw it really helped with shipped eggs too.  The eggs are bigger too, you may see the odd blood smudge on the outside of the eggs for the first few days :shock: ouch.  We don't like to feed it all the time, as it seems like it would stress them having big eggs all the time, the BPs lay whoppers anyway.  :layer:

That is cool you ID'd them!  I have spent a lot of time scrutinizing them.  They are pretty black on the back.  I have a feeling your 9 o'clock bird in the last pic is a BP too with a lot of cream on it's face, it's just the location and colour that makes me think so.  We get maybe one in 30 like that.  I find they are usually bigger too. 

The BP chicks we got mailed from Quebec 4 years ago now, we were told they were black copper marans, that was what we ordered, but you could see some had all black feet and legs and others look like they had pink skin on the feet.  I remember vivdly because we were trying to figure out what the heck they were! I took lots of photos then lost them due to a hard drive failure!

I like their little pink feet!  The skin should look pink, for white skin.  If they look carroty orange, they may have yellow skin, which is in their genes too :whistle:  I can never see it til they are at least 4-6 weeks old (sometime way way older like 14-16 in normal daylight) and taking a photo with a flash can show you at the month old stage, the legs look dark green if they have yellow skin. otherwise they look bluey black.  As they grow, look under their soles, they should not be yellow, or the between toe webs green-looking.  I haven't bred any yellow skinned ones, (they are :eat:) only whites but it is a recessive in there. 

I do like these birds, the hens are magnificent, like big Spanish Galleons.  They have developed more personality as they have got older (one is nearly 4 and enormous-we should weigh her, shes bigger than most of our roos), and the later generations are now bordering on friendly :shock: with one that likes to get on my knee.  1 out of probably 400+ we have hatched and maybe 100+ raised here!  We have had either 1 or 2 rumpless pullets only in 2010 so you know that can be in there too. 

I am glad to see you have them over there, :thumbs: they just tick away being productive, no trouble and you don't feel as guilty about processing them when the personality is not like the others.

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#23 2013-01-18 04:46:47

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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

Are they on good carpet? Oy! They sure are cute.


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#24 2013-01-18 15:14:49

riverbendfarm
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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

The BP chicks we got mailed from Quebec 4 years ago now, we were told they were black copper marans, that was what we ordered, but you could see some had all black feet and legs and others look like they had pink skin on the feet.  I remember vivdly because we were trying to figure out what the heck they were! I took lots of photos then lost them due to a hard drive failure!

I wonder if the BCM you ordered is not in there somewhere, as my roo has copper hackles and none of the birds have carnation combs? My hen's eggs are huge and so dark brown they almost look brick red. Her two pullets lay smaller eggs, and one is pretty much regular brown egg color. They are definitely not friendly and holler up a freaking storm if you try to pick them up. I have two spare roos in the broody pen. One will be processed and I think the other bred back to his dam to see if I can get more pullets with her amazing eggs. I need to get more stock to develop my lines and I'm looking hard for any with that fabulous carnation comb. If I could find just one big fat glossy rooster with lots of spriggers I'd be :excited: They are rare here though, I think Jamie had the only ones and now those are mine. Any others floating around probably came from this pair.


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
~Heraclitus

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#25 2013-01-19 03:00:41

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Re: Hatching Has Begun!

What little darlings you have there. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.

XOX Monika

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