|25 of 30 chicks hatched and healthy|
It was a bit of a trick getting the chicks under the setting Silkies, as I had to shield the chicks with my hands to keep them from being pecked. This is even after I took away unhatched eggs and golf balls as well. I actually managed to get all 25 from inside underneath Silkies. Getting them back ... now that is a whole 'nuther ball game! LOL
So of the five (plus two outside) that didn't hatch, two died trying, three died before pipping for whatever reason, and the two outside never developed. I have read some chicken breeders will actually reduce the amount of calcium supplement (oyster shell usually) before breeding season so the egg shells are not as hard as normal. I did not do this, nor do I intend to ever do it. I want the chicks strong enough to kick out of a regular strength egg shell here. Oh, my "regular strength" egg shell is a lot thicker and harder than what you'll find at the store. It is the first big test.
Freeze warning now issued for tonight - my poor garden beds.