I candled the bantam cochin eggs on Monday, which was day 10 in the incubator. Out of the nine eggs, three were infertile, three were obvious dead embryos with a blood ring, and two were largely dark but had no blood vessel pattern or other signs of life. If you do the math, you’ll find that we had exactly one solitary, living egg left.
We got the cochin eggs in the first place because we wanted to put our incubator and other chick-raising infrastructure to work. My daughter raised a moderately profitable batch of pullets for sale this spring, and we figured we could rinse and repeat. We’d keep a frizzle cochin or two for fun, and sell the rest. There always seems to be some demand for the more exotic breeds.
So, we paid $15 for fourteen hatching eggs, because we were without a rooster at the time. We will end up running the incubator for approximately 3 weeks, consuming whatever bit of extra electricity it uses. AND, you mustn’t count your chick before it’s hatched.
Postscript: When I went to take the photos that accompany this post, I noticed that the surviving egg actually has a hairline crack, visible to the right in the top photo. Ack! I believe bantam eggs may take a bit less time in the incubator, so hopefully we will know the outcome within a week or so.