I figured out the King Suro. The digital readout on the temp is off by 3 degrees. After checking it against a trusted thermometer, I ran it at 102.5. The first hatched the night of day 20 and the last this morning which is day 22. That makes their Birthday is the same as DOT'S.
Now that I finally have the Suro figured out, I am putting it up for the season. LOL !!! Whatever else I hatch can be done by hens, I am dealing with 20+ broodies on empty nests.
Fertility and Hatch Rates
Started with 24 eggs.
10 not fertile - didn't start.
***Either that is just a 60% fertility rate or I kept the eggs to long in this HOT house. Probably some of both. I may have to give some $$$ back to folks that bought hatching eggs if they don't get at least a few chicks.
Of the remaining 14, 10 hatched. - 72% hatch rate
Another is pipped but made no progess since early this morning. The last 3 are doing nothing. 2 of those were too thick to candle with my MiniMag. They may be infertile, which would raise my hatchrate.
If they start to develop but die it is a failed hatch and goes against the hatch rate. If the egg never starts then in falls to the infertile or old eggs and does NOT count in the hatch rate.
There were also 3 eggs under Momma that got collected a couple times. They got cold for several hours both times. 1 hatched and that just happened to be the ONLY standard cochin egg I set. It is from a Show Quality Splash hen(Nicolette) and a Show Quality Black Roo(Jerry), so the chick is Blue. It is the one with the really white chest and neck. You can even see it's feathered feet in the 4th pic.
SO ... Momma Hen has 11 babies. She is in the 2'x5' brooder box/house that she has used every year for the last 4 years. Thanks to the USPS for the nest box...HA.
Added food and water. Mamma was hungry. She gently got up and moved over. The chicks stayed where they were just long enough for me to get a picture. This is how they were spread out under the hen.
Then they followed.
The Broody box opens on the far end to let her and the babies out. The side panels come off for added ventilation as needed.
I thought I was careful to just set eggs from the blue and black Ameraucanas,
but seems I have an OOPS from a white easter egger. Must be some partridge in
their genetics or something that chipmunks the chicks.
I had a bad weekend and lousy week, but today has added some brightness to the bleakness. My birds are the best therapy there is. There have been times I wouldn't have gotten up in the mornings, but they have to be let out and fed. Then I just sit out there and let them drain the stress away. Can't fall asleep or they climb all over me and leave not so little gifts. :)
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