I got 12 hatching eggs from LPH Poultry (£50.00 GBP Inc Delivery), but only one hatched. The eggs have been traveling to long, almost 12 days.
LPH-Orpington.JPGBuff Orpington born 12-FEB-2010

The only survivor of the hatch is this Buff Orpington Cock (17-SEP-2010)



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Orpington Face
Finally the Orpington's started to lay. Today I collected the first 4 egg's.

Huevos Orpington

Orpington update

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Here are my 3 Orpingtons today:

Orpington Chickens

This is a copy in german of the manual
I bought them in UK on 07.02.08 and got them in Italy 13.02.08. Perhaps the next time I should pay attention to bid on Monday, so I don't have a weekend which delays the shipping.

OrpingtonIncub.jpgI repeated the same procedure as for the Maran eggs. In this case the result was very bad. From 12 incubated eggs only 1 chicken was born

Orpington on 6-MAR-2008.

Orpington 9 days old (15-MAR-2008)
I decided to try to hatch 6 Maran eggs bought on the internet after my Wyandotte floc was killed, probably by a fox, at the end of 2007. Now I installed an automatic door from ATX electronic to the Hen house.

On the 14.01.2008 I bided for "6 French copper blue maran eggs" from ebay seller luckysi36 for 12 UK pound sterling, all together 30 Euro included shipping. The description said: "They lay a good size, almost chocolate brown egg. I have 4 french copper black hens (which have well feathered legs)with a french copper splash cockerel, these will hatch 100% copper blue chicks, unlike blue / blue or blue / black matings which only produce 50% blue birds. All my birds are now fed on specialist breeder pellets".

I got them on the 21.01.2008 and started incubating them on the 22.01.2008.

On the 22.01.2008 at 7:00 I started the incubation with my "Covatutto 24 Eco" from Novital set at 37.5 ºC (99.5 ºF).

After 21 days 3 chicken were born. The other 3 eggs, only one had an almost formed chicken. The success rate is 3 born of 6 incubated.
Here they are on the 23-02-2008. All 3 are different and the one with brown head is growing faster.