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INCUBATING w/FRIENDS! come HATCH, LEARN, & Chat! w/hosts, Sally Sunshine & BantyChooks - Page 7647post #76461 of 1576313/29/16 at 5:07pm42 eggs in bator, no idea how many viable at lockdown. Thus far three pips- olive egger, Easter egger, and a white leghorn.post #76462 of 1576313/29/16 at 5:18pmpost #76463 of 1576313/29/16 at 5:18pmThread StarterQuote:Originally Posted by Jessimom
Since I seem to hatch mostly bantam eggs, when I lay them in the egg cartons, they wedge in there. It looks like the poor chicks have to work TWICE as hard to push the shell open. They are bumping into the sides of the carton rather than another egg that will mostly likely give way when pushed.
I started putting a puppy pad under shelf liner. I can add water ANYWHERE and the humidity bumps up - and the clean up is so easy!!! I got that hint from the spring hatch along thread for helpful hints! Go check it out!
Maxi pads toopost #76464 of 1576313/29/16 at 5:20pmpost #76465 of 1576313/29/16 at 5:20pmQuote:Originally Posted by mlm Mike
To helpfull hints, you'll have to find the puppy pad one yourselves!
Thanks Mike!! I found so MANY helpful hints in there. That is by far the best thread I've followed! Some useless stuff too (at least useless to me). But overall some awesome hints!Mom to a BEAUTIFUL little girl, 1 dog, 2 cats, LOTS of fish and an ever growing chicken flock. Laying hens - 3 RIR, 3 BSL, 3 EE, 2 Delaware, 2 BR and 1 backyard EE mix. 6 wk old babies - 1 NHR, 1 BO (Maybe a Roo), 1 Dominique, 1 BA, 5 EE girls, and 1 EE boy. Breeding silkies 3 white hens, 1 blue/grey hen, 1 black roo. Tiny chicks too many to count.Mom to a BEAUTIFUL little girl, 1 dog, 2 cats, LOTS of fish and an ever growing chicken flock. Laying hens - 3 RIR, 3 BSL, 3 EE, 2 Delaware, 2 BR and 1 backyard EE mix. 6 wk old babies - 1 NHR, 1 BO (Maybe a Roo), 1 Dominique, 1 BA, 5 EE girls, and 1 EE boy. Breeding silkies 3 white hens, 1 blue/grey hen, 1 black roo. Tiny chicks too many to count.post #76466 of 1576313/29/16 at 5:20pmpost #76467 of 1576313/29/16 at 5:21pmpost #76468 of 1576313/29/16 at 5:21pmQuote:Originally Posted by Jessimom
Quote:Originally Posted by mlm Mike
To helpfull hints, you'll have to find the puppy pad one yourselves!
Thanks Mike!! I found so MANY helpful hints in there. That is by far the best thread I've followed! Some useless stuff too (at least useless to me). But overall some awesome hints!
You're welcome. It is an interesting thread!post #76469 of 1576313/29/16 at 5:23pmQuote:Thanks Sally and everyone for all your help. I'll be laying them down touching with low point of the air cell up.Originally Posted by Sally Sunshine
MARKING AIR CELLS DAY 18
Candle day 18 is to determine growth, weigh, pencil mark air cell size and dispose bad eggs. It will look pretty dark and FULL in there! You may or may not see movement on this candle. Its ok if not, don’t panic! The chick may easily be resting! The embryo now occupies most of space within the egg, but NOT the air cell, the beak is against the inner shell membrane and ready to pierce it.
See how that air cell is beginning to dip more to one side and if you lay the egg down it will roll into the hatching position. I set my eggs with lowest dip in the aircell up. This position for hatching is good so the chick is able to turn into position and I can easily see my pips too! Setting eggs horizontal in the hatcher actually can aid a chick to hatch 1-2 hours earlier. (HOWEVER, shipped eggs that have had loose air cells or saddle air cells, should be hatched upright but tilted just enough so that the lowest dip is somewhat upright, so if they have fluid in the air cell it may prevent drowning).
AGAIN, I lay my eggs down LOWEST DIP of the AIR CELL UP! see below images, this is the normal and most likely hatching position and the chick will break through or Internally pip and externally pip in that probable area. See the image below with the x, x being lowest dip in air cell and probably pip area/s.
Chick normal hatching position, Where to place your X, Example of chick position/beak in shell
before internal pip drawing below: image below:
GOOD LOOKING MARKED AIR CELLS and SIZE: images below
WHY LAY HATCHING EGGS HORIZONTAL TOUCHING:
It is now known that the different embryos communicate with each other by a series of clicking sounds, the rate of clicking being the important feature. Ensuring the eggs on the hatching eggs are in contact with each other facilitates the synchronization of hatching where the eggs are incubated in a modern machine. This assists in reducing the time between when the first and last chicks hatch.
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