Hatching Chickens

Wed May 18, 2011 7:16 am

My wife is a kindergarten teacher every year at this time she hatches chichens for the class but this year thing arent going well, maybe some one can tell us what went wrong ,,,,I think I know but I am not a farmer so very well could be wrong.

Here is the run down , She bought two dozen eggs at local farm they came home in egg containers and then at the farmers advice they just stayed out at room temp for the night next day she put 12 eggs in the incubator and another teacher took the other 12 eggs and put them in anothere incubator now here is where things went wrong imop a 5th grader came to school with a wild birds egg that she found at home on the ground the little kid was so proud to rescue the egg and asked to put it in m wifes incubator so they did everyone was watching but disaster struck :( my wife tried to put a small magic marker X on the egg for turning purposes and guess what :cry: the egg cracked and leaked ib to the incubator the students were so sad and the wife wanted to cry (really) anyway after the disaster the students went home and wife cleaned up broken egg mess, fast forward to the present the teacher who took the other dozen has chicks they are hatchibg nicley :D but my wifes dozen not so good none are hatching yet and she sees egg movement on only three eggs the rest are stone still,,,,,,, so something went wrong here I think that the wild broken birds egg made the chicken eggs sick but thats just a logical guess ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Any ideas ??

Re: Hatching Chickens

Wed May 18, 2011 7:28 am

Did the eggs cool off, during the clean up time?

Re: Hatching Chickens

Wed May 18, 2011 7:32 am

Wow good thinking :idea: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I don't think so but I'll ask the wife how long it took to clean up the broken egg.....

Re: Hatching Chickens

Thu May 19, 2011 7:44 am

It was a quick clean up tthe eggs stayed warm, over night 2 eggs hatched one has movement and the other 9 are not moving , the other teacher has 5 hatched and some moving...

Re: Hatching Chickens

Sun May 22, 2011 4:01 pm

What happened?

Re: Hatching Chickens

Tue May 24, 2011 4:30 am

tezell63 wrote:What happened?

Out of 24 eggs my wife got 4 chicks and the other teacher got 5 it was not a good year for chicks in the past they did a lot better, oh well the kiddies still liked seeing the ones that made it :)

Re: Hatching Chickens

Tue May 24, 2011 8:44 pm

I'd say the eggs were too old when you bought them. Possibly he had them boxed up the night before the sale and they were too long at room temp. My .02 Grump

Re: Hatching Chickens

Wed May 25, 2011 7:57 am

At least the kids got to see some hatch.