Originally 13 eggs went into the hatch. 10 Easter Egger eggs (green) that I purchased and 3 of my Australorp (brown) eggs. I wasn't holding out much hope for mine because they were older and was a little concerned about how dirty the green ones were. You aren't supposed to incubate dirty eggs and you also aren't supposed to wash them. Anyway in they went. A week in, one of mine was clearly a dud so into the garbage it went.
Friday was the due date and they slowly starting pipping. My two remaining brown eggs were shaking but no pip. By Saturday afternoon only 3 had hatched but 5 more had pipped. The two brown ones and one green had stopped moving. One of the pipped green eggs had a little blood on the shell. When it finally hatched out there was a long bloody mass attached to it. This is not normal and the chick died shortly after. The other pipped eggs hatched overnight but I wasn't holding out much hope for the rest. We had candled them but there was no movement.
This morning Limey chipped some of the shell off so we could see what was going on. There was no evidence of breathing and once fully opened, the eggs revealed dead chicks.
So out of the 12 fertile eggs (not including the dud) we only got 8 live chicks which is a crappy 66% hatch rate.
The new Easter Eggers are very cute. Most are a dark grey but one is lighter grey/yellow and another has a lot of gold on it.
Here are the pics.
|So pretty, wonder what it's feathers will look like?|
|Most look like this one.|
|Still wet but look at that colour!|