Pictures coming soon.
Pictures coming soon.
Based on majority of air cells by size or if you are weighing, weighing is hard if eggs are shipped, because you dont know how much they already lost, so watching air cells makes more sense plus thats out because you already started incubation lol. have you have found the Hatching Eggs 101 - BackYard Chickens Community article?
I am going to do a quick copy paste, and then have a read from the article ok? you have plenty of time to learn and have a great hatch! come back with more questions!
Setting fresh eggs and egg quality see hatching 101 article
Humidity is NOT A SET NUMBER, you need it YES! However, you use it as a tool to "adjust" egg weight loss during incubation. We candle on days 7,10,14,18 To WATCH WEIGHT LOSS IN EVERY EGG! An EGG MUST lose approximately 13-14% of its weight during the incubation process. THIS IS YOUR GOAL!! You can monitor this by marking Air cells and also by weighing.is never a set number, its about the required weight loss that the embryo/chick needs to loose to be able to turn and pip inside the egg, its about optimum chick quality and growth size inside that egg, too much humidity can bring a mushy wet chick that cannot absorb its yolk correctly and has excess fluids and sometimes cannot turn to hatch it is that large of a chick.
With a Forced Air Incubator (fan model) you can get the best hatch rate by keeping the temperature at 99.5º F. throughout the entire incubation period. HOWEVER, when using a Still Air incubator (no fan) at 102º F. The reason for different temperatures is that with a fan model the circulating air warms all around the egg while still air temperatures are warmer at the top of the egg than at the bottom. The temperature is measured at the level where the embryos develop (at the top of the HORIZONTAL egg).
CALIBRATION! YES! It’s IMPORTANT! Calibrate the thermometer/s you are using for your Incubator. I use 3 thermometers! You need to make sure your thermometer is reading correctly, Even one degree may cause serious problems with your hatch! see HATCHING 101 for how to calibrate
Ventilation: Oxygen requirements will increases during development and during hatching never cover vent holes during hatch time.
BE PREPARED TO LOOSE ELECTRIC have a back up plan for emergencies see hatching 101 article for suggestions
SHIPPED EGGS = CHANGE OF PLANS see hatching 101 article
Batch 1 had day 7 on 11/3 Day 14 at the strike of midnight tonight!
Batch 2's day 7 will be 11/14... and that is the batch that had 2 sappy eggs.
And yes, he is still in charge of the humidity. Still has it in the 40's, haven't seen much change in the aircells from day 7. Yes, I have been grumping about it. We'll see with tonight's candle of the 3 remaining eggs. From batch 1.
Oh, and bator #2 will be here today so I can get that set up and running for the hatcher.
so that leaves two to pip yet? did you candle those two?
Awwww so cute!
Friends and NOTES!
Because sometimes notes
work better than brains!
Humidity is NOT a set number! Its a tool to get the correct weight loss in the egg! see Hatching Eggs 101
Incubators with fans and without fans need to run at DIFFERENT TEMPS! read temp section here: Hatching Eggs 101
SHIPPED EGGS = CHANGE OF PLANS! Hatching Eggs 101
HAVE A PLAN IN CASE YOU LOOSE ELECTRIC ITS THE SEASON! see post #522
HOW TO QUOTE AND MULTI QUOTE: post #528
WHY YOU SHOULD CALIBRATE and link to HOW: post #545 also see calibration in Hatching Eggs 101 TEMPS SECTION
WHY lay your eggs down horizontal to hatch and how to mark eggs for hatching: BOTTOM OF post #583
Ovation Overview SEE : You can leave Ovation points by clicking on the “thumbs up” icon, which appears at the bottom of each member’s post. http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/699980/announcing-the-new-byc-reputation-system-ovations
VIP BYC member interviews http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/905602/introducing-vip-member-interviews
INFO on What colors to Distract Chicks from Pecking and help laying in nest boxes SEE post #932
Me: CCL Serama: never set them together, I did because serama hen found with eggs, due around 20th give or take in a regular coolerbator just for fun with kiddos, Sally has a rant again.
cgbond Splash Blue laced red Wyandotte own eggs ~ first time I have tried to incubate in a long time. styro incubator Little Giant incubator from Tractor Supply with automatic turner. (waiting on some eggs from a friend. She's sending me some Cream Legbar and some Black copper Marans) Current chickens include; Splash blue laced red Wyandotte, Barred Rock, white rock, golden buff, RIR.
kwhites634 friend, helper and humor on the thread!
Saris DUE Nov 12th mixes, some will lay brown, some will lay olive LOCKDOWN 11/8 SHE HAS A Pip!!! 11/9
slrose24 cream legbar eggs shipped, made her own homemade turners
Cynthia12 Silkie/frizzles due on the 20th..and, a mystery egg. 20th..right on my birthday. larger brown egg surprise for her birthday perhaps????
RavynFallen Call duck eggs happened to fall in and FILL up her bator, so they'll be due on Thanksgiving Day. 11 developing, drakes forgot to pack their little blue pills, lol), 8/12 of the shipped eggs are developing nicely, and all 3 of Lady Grey's eggs are developing. shweeetttt
chicken hawk 33 26 chicken eggs in it both production reds and white leg due 21st, had another temp spike 11/10 105
firedragon1982 12 sent to me, took 2 sappy ones out...one was cracked - Day 7 was on 11/3 ???????????? hubs is in charge of bator yet??? Well... got 12 more eggs today. Also ordered a second incubator for a hatcher since we will be having a staggered hatch. But on a side note I am glad we got another dozen, candled real quick when I added some water last night (day 10) and 3 of the 6 that had started quit Still frustrated that half of the first dozen were clear at the 7 day candle. I know these eggs had a rough ride because of the detached air cells. But still. I wanted a good hatch So batch #1 will be due 11/17 Batch #2 will be due 11/28. And I may or may not have a 3rd dozen coming to me too... 11/10 Out of batch #2 to be starting turned tomorrow, none have any veining whatsoever. At least with the first dozen, we could see the 6 that did have veining. Hopes are dwindling for this dozen quickly. Hoping this next dozen from a different seller to be set in a few minutes won't be complete duds!!
hippiestink I'm not hatching anytime soon but I'm mostly here for tips on using incubators and broodies. She herbbbbbed up her nestboxes, I added the link to the top of this page for list of herbs.
lisahefner coon slaughter all her chickens wanted to hatch bought Brinsea Manual Egg Incubator, has several stage eggs and some from fridge in it.
Ren2014 ordered Chocolate Orpington's from Papa's Poultry. Pekin hens and KC drake set 5 eggs eve 11/8
FridayYet won't be hatching until next year, but helping hatchers and chatting
hereorthere Won't try my hand at hatching until next year, but I'll take notes!
GreenRunner I've got 12 silkie eggs set - day 8 on 11/2, candled today (Day 14 (11/8) and my three little silkies are still going strong. Was a bit disappointing as nine of 12 eggs were clear,
WVduckchick I don't plan to hatch until spring, but you never know!
tao chick I'll be building this incubator and running a test hatch when my cockerels are old enough to start laying seeds- probably February at the earliest. My guess she will need a mood improviser sooner than later
lazy gardener No hatching here for me until March or April
PhoredaBurds Subscribing tho not incubating right now. It's getting tough to resist tho
Mims Brinsea Octagon 20 Advance I have never incubated eggs before, but I have been researching like crazy for the last several months. Texas, and I currently have 17 chickens. RIR, RIW, Leghorn, Orps, Silkie, Australorp, BCM roo, etc. My first and main flock was killed about a month ago, so I am working on rebuilding it. I'm going to set quail eggs
Bejammie 24 eggs and counting, starting the incubation 11/3 I am excited and scared, lol. I have white leghorn eggs, bcm eggs and some mixed breed eggs. 28 eggs in the bator.....im aiming for 20 hatched NOTE(had a temp spike overnight, DAY 2 up to 105 but I got it cooled back down)
RobJones 11/6 Kabir eggs on day 20 12 eggs in there that are not due to hatch for 24 hours but 4 are piped and I can hear them peeping this is great, I love it..
nuklee0 Woke up to a broken door on one of our smaller coops that housed 4 silkies. Turns out a bear got 3 of the 4. info on staggered hatches? I started my 2nd hatch about 6 days ago. due on the 17th and 19th/20th because I staggered.8 silkies and 2 cross breeds... Dad is an Ameraucana/Cochin and 1 mom is a Black australorp and the other mom is probably a production Rhode Island Red..
UrbanFarmOC Subscribing to learn more! Am still fairly new to chickens
RubyNala97 Just marking a spot here. I've been reading through the thread and I WAS doing so good without hatching and having NO withdrawals...but now I have the itch!!! I wish I could hatch for someone else! She is going to become the worlds professional hatcher for hire, I DUB her "RubyNALA's Eggs to Chirps" at your Service!
venymae 6 legbars, 10 blue egger mixes, and 10 serama shipped tried to candle some, but was NOT feeling confident so I have decided to leave them, settled, first time doing shipped eggs.
perchie.girl 1588 and have only hatched ONCE. Bout four years ago gotlucky with guins I think she did it right and thinks she did it wrong by chance!!
Blarneyeggs I'm in! Always fun hanging with you, Sally!
ccrane11 few eggs from my own flock. I have Rhode Island Red, Rhode Island White, Golden Sex Link, and New Hampshire Red girls. They are bred by a Rhode Island Red or a Silver Lackenvelder rooster.
BG2heum New to BYC and incubation had questions
mymilliefleur Hey all, joining in here. I'm not currently incubating anything, but I always enjoy learning more about incubation.
ambe0487 New to incubating and i am on day 18 we are in lockdown!!! I have 5 eggs of 2 silkies, 1 silkie/cochin mix, 1 maran cross, and a light brown surprise egg. I'm using a FarmInnovator incubator with current readings at 64% humidity and 100degrees. I have a spinge with water and a wet rag in the bator to keep humidity up. 11/3 ps... she talks to her eggs like some other hatchers do... I have caught my temps dropping in the evening over the last 4 nights. I'm sure it's happened during day 1-17 as well. 11/7 One internal pip & two un-pipped. THEY DIS died in shell, didnt make it. Im planning on getting another set of eggs on the 11/ 22nd so I have plenty of time to regulated the incubator to where it needs to be!
lazyacre Cynthia12 invited me over to this tread. I'm pretty new to chickens. This will be only my second time incubating won 12 Bielefelder eggs on eBay today.
Peep-Chicken all 7 eggs from MyPetChicken are viable and will hatch Tuesday (11/10) 4 Carolina blue sex link EEs, 1 barred Olive Egger, 1 Ameri-Flower and 1 super blue egg layer.
holm25 I'll join!! I wont be hatching till spring since it gets to cold here in minnesota but will chat and help when I can
chickendreams24 I'm just dieing to set eggs guys.I will be back at it in the spring
JandTRanch 2 bators running for hatches due 11/20 and 11/22 with a total of 14 eggs set. I got a great deal on a Brinsea mini for $25 bucks and it is at full capacity with 8 shipped black copper Marans eggs and the hygrometer. I am hoping for some quality breeding stock out of this hatch to add to my existing blue copper breeding prospects. We really also wanted to hatch some from our existing mixed flock too- so I was able to talk my husband into letting me get a Hovabator on sale :-) and each family member chose a hen we wanted a baby from. So we have 6 in there. They are all covered by our silver laced Wyandotte rooster. So there's a slw egg, 2 barred rocks eggs (Chicks should be black sex-links), 2 Easter eggers eggers, and a black sex link's egg.
Chipper Chicken I'm new to incubating too, but probably won't do any until next year, I'm trying to read and learn all I can in advance.
Flockmama87 I'm on day 7! (11/7) First time with shipped Marans eggs off eBay and at day 7 candling 11/12 are alive and growing strong, 1 died early, no veins, clearish with an incomplete blood ring, I left it in just in case, my last 2 hatches I had moments of oops I thought you were dead....sorry you are now.... I'm trying to avoid that this time. So I'm leaving everyone in until lockdown unless someone starts oozing or weeping.....I need the next 14 days to go by quickly, I wanna see little fuzzy butts!
Bernadine503 thermometer questions
Hawk12 Hatch day is the 20th .I am incubating shipped eggs that are on day 8. (11/7) I just candled them and marked the air cells and I have some that are saddle shaped but attached and some that are normal shaped but not completely attached. Is there still hope for the babies? They are alive at this point I am incubating blue and gold partridge brahmas, chocolate and molted/spangled orpingtons, dbl laced barnevelder (only 1 left out of 6) and 1 maline. I received eggs from 3 different sellers. I have incubated before but only about 4 times. I have ordered eggs on 3 of those and have yet to have a successful hatch on shipped eggs. I am determined to hatch shipped eggs but I have to admit it gets discouraging. I had a great hatch when I incubated my own eggs, nearly 100%. My incubator is a still air Styrofoam with an automatic egg turner. I have read through the Hatching 101 article, it is full of great information. The babies on my previous attempts with shipped eggs all made it to lockdown but then never hatched.
napdognewfie I set 11 eggs from DD's hens 11/9 had 100% hatch on my runner ducks and 5 out of 24 shipped eggs.
cliffoco 11/10 day 20 I have 7 eggs that are from some fairly new hens, i am 12 hours into day 20, wit no internal pip yet! (soon, I know I am impatient!). Anyhow, I was looking for anyone who had experience hatching small eggs?
if anyone can find a post to rons cups for in turners that would be great, in the halloween hal thread there was a discussion on who had what thermo hygro with links too, anything else that would help some of the new hatchers I can add I will!