Some of the eggs are clear--the Polish ones--but others have embryos starting, hurrah! And in BOTH incubators! Can the real culprit be as simple as 'too many eggs in the incubators'? And if it really DOES end up being a '12-20 at the MOST' deal for the incubators, why does Miller Manufacturing say you can place 46 eggs per incubator? The humidity & temps feel MUCH better, too.
Hmmm.... Now if we can only keep the eggs going and get them to hatch--!
for the broody hens outside...we now have EIGHT hens that have gone
broody, including Bear, our Head Hen. I think they've realized that we
are leaving eggs for them to hatch and they're all trying to horn in on
the action. Bear has succeeded in taking over one nest with three of
the eggs, while four other hens are setting two to a nest and have the
remaining 4 eggs split up between them. At least the paired off ladies
are being nice enough to share an egg apiece. I do think that when
hatch time comes, we'll either choose one hen (likely Bear) for mama and
give her all of the eggs, or just go with two of the ones who have
paired up. I hate to deprive the others of their eggs, but they have
already broken three of the initial eggs we set under them by fighting
over them, and I don't want to shift things around again just yet and
have it start up again.
Two weeks to go!