The final egg shipment arrived today, Giant Cochins!
So all the
eggs are now unpacked, clean, marked and ready to go into the
incubators, which are also ready to go. I'll start the eggs tomorrow
The eggs I got online are: 18 Gray Giant Cochin, 16
Light Brahma and 6 Buff Brahma. We were also supposed to get 5 black
Americaunas eggs, but therin lies a tale...
Fate took a hand, it
seems. When I go the shipment fro the breeder and opened the box, what I
did NOT see was the familiar blue-green of Americaunas eggs. Instead,
the eggs inside were a deep, rich, chocolate brown.
Ummm...Americaunas don't lay those, but Marans do.
check out the paperwork, which indeed lists the eggs as 10 Birchen
Marans. A few emails later, the seller and I discover that the shipping
lables for another shipment and mine had gotten switched, so I ended up
with Birchen Maran eggs instead of black Americaunas. Seeing as how
time was short, and by this evening my Americaunas eggs still had not
turned up at the other customer's house, we decided to stick with the
Marans eggs. Marans are lovely birds that are much prized for the startling deep brown of their eggs.
also adding a few of our own eggs. The white ones have three possible
moms: Poof (White Crested Black Polish), Sugar (Buff Laced Polish) or
Sora (White Leghorn). The brown eggs have several possible moms as
well, although one we KNOW is from Rugger, our Salmon Faverolle. The
other possible brown egg moms are: Yoya (Gray Giant Cochin), Sonic
(Golden Laced Cochin) and Gloria (Brinkotter). Three possible dads have
all been very dutiful with their hens: Phoenix (red/blue Wheaten
Americaunas/Barred Rock mix), Scott (Frizzle/MilleFleur Belgian d'Uccle
mix) and Smokey (Porcelain Belgian d'Uccle).
we have a total of 56 eggs to start tomorrow morning! All the shipped
eggs were beautifully and securely packed, with only one Cochin egg
suffering a crack in transit. We will candle (shine a bright light
through the shell in a darkened room) them at around 10-12 days and
eliminate any that are clear--that is, haven't started to develop a
Tomorrow is supposed to be the coldest rainstorm for our
area since the 70's, with snow possible right down to the Hollywood
hills--so I'm very glad all the eggs arrived safe before the cold snap