The two chicks on the left hatched yesterday and the one on the right hatched today. By now I had quit taking the eggs out and was thinking yesterday, I needed to finishing separating hens and cocks. Boy was I surprised to see two well fed chicks in the nest when I moved the hen off to check her eggs! The last egg looks good so I might have another chick tomorrow.
With unbanded chicks in the nest, I will wait awhile to drop my lights as I do not want to take a chance on the mom not feeding although the feeding hormones should prevent even dropping the lights from putting her into a molt.
How late do you usually breed and when was the lastest date you ever bred.
Generally the weather reaches 100 F in June and that seems to discourage breeding. This year we hit 100 in May but for a short time and then no more 100 days in June.
I let the birds stop on their own most years but stop wheat germ oil coated seed around the 1st of June.
It is not uncommon to have a late nest July 4th some years.
The advantage of late nests is that it seems to produce a higher percentage of hens.
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