2-14-15 Eggs arrive! These eggs were shipped in from Missouri and are “Sizzles” ~ a bantam size combination of Silkie and Frizzled Chickens. There is no standard of perfection as they are not a recognized breed. We do not show or breed our chickens but merely have them for pets and of course to enjoy their eggs (which outshine anything purchased in a store). Their eggs are DELICIOUS! I hate to have to buy eggs when production goes down as the taste of the eggs from the store can’t compare.
I had not planned to even hatch eggs this year at all but wanted to add a Red Cochin Frizzle to our flock and wasn’t able to add this variety to the rest of my chick order (6 White Silkie Hens on the way in April–ordered back in November and many varieties were sold out). So, I went on a hatching egg search. It amazes me how some places manage to stay in business when they won’t answer email. I was also unable to locate Frizzle Cochin eggs and thought that the Sizzles might end up being a better blend with our current Silkie flock.
Last year; we hatched our first chicken eggs ever. I have a basic styrofoam incubator and the expected hatch rate is 50% on shipped in eggs. We did two batches with a 50% hatch rate on the first and 80% hatch rate on the second. The eggs were supposed to be Silkie Chickens with a possibility of Showgirls. Ironically; we ended up with over 50% Showgirls but no matter as they are adorable.
I was a little bit upset with the seller on the first batch last year. The eggs were supposed to be from her Best of Breed Winning Silkies. Well, we ended up with four “mutt” chickens which is of course disappointing. The ladies make us delicious eggs and everyone has a permanent home here. Still, one should get what they pay for.
This year’s shipment arrived just fine although USPS Priority 3 Day Tracking failed and I had no updates from the shipment date 2-10 until their arrival at my local post office this morning. We have some very bad weather headed our way. At the moment, it’s 28 degrees F but is to go down to -4 tonight. I’m glad that the eggs got here safely and didn’t get tied up over the long weekend. I ordered 6; the seller included 2 extras and they all arrived safely in perfect condition.
2-SIZZ g (Showgirl)
2-BBS (Blue/Black Splash Silkie)
At the moment, the eggs are resting in an egg holder with the fat end up. This gives the air cell and contents some time to settle while they warm up to room temperature. I set up the incubator a few days ago, so it all ready for them once they stabilize in 24-48 hours.
2-20-15 I did the first candling at 5 days incubation and am VERY excited to report that I have 8 embryos. This is our first time with 100% fertility. We still have 16 days to go but this is encouraging–especially for shipped eggs.
2-22-15 (Day 7)
Note the Eye Development.
Candling and #7 has a blood ring. Sadly, it is gone. This egg was a Blue/Black Splash Silkie. I have concerns about eggs #2 & #6 which are very porous but will candle again in a few days and then make a determination.
On a happier note, the other eggs seem to be developing normally and movement can be seen inside. We’re now at Day 11–over half way!
Egg #6 had a definite blood ring today and I discarded it. That is the second and last of the blue/black splash eggs. Egg #2 is quite porous but I saw movement today and hopefully it will continue along until hatch day. All of the other eggs look great. We’re still having a super COLD spell here in Ohio with temperatures dropping into the negatives every day. Of course, the eggs are safely inside here under climate controlled conditions and in an incubator.
Looking forward to peeps on March 7!
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