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The little yellow one hatched, the older chick hatched out from a diff. batch, around x-mas. I went a way a couple of days around the time I set these. House got cold. .. the older made it out of a batch of 5 (house was cold a couple days before due date) the yellow came with a later group that kept developing so I thought I made it past the danger zone of the cold house, I guessed wrong....Plus the eggs from this last batch were all ex/lg. they say don't set those. any how most were due 16th, the yellow was due a bit earlier, probably a large test egg. 3 quit, 2 peeped but died in egg. (too much liquid, normally I dry hatch.) 2 are waiting to hatch tomorrow.
I have 9 due on the 20th, I am going to count separate from the others because They never got cold. I still have 5 days. and I have had 100% hatches with this incubator, I believe it was just the whole going away thing, plus I moved incubator to a diff. room in the house from my other hatches, and was using a diff. padding in incubator. I switched back to good padding, I am going to dry hatch till lock down to avoid the whole watery thing, and these eggs are smaller instead of jumbo sized. Either way I have more chickens than I need. I can be just a pride thing.
Dry method for me was small homemade bator didn't use a hydrometer, because I could feel the moisture. would only add water at lock down. I switched incubator size and had some great hatches all summer, but I was over thinking and decided to use more water this hatch, not a lot but constant dish
see the dish? that was always full but in my small incubators I only added water at lockdown and my lock downs were day 19. Any how, back to the formula. below is an article Backyard Poultry published about my hatching methods. this was may last year.
Edited by gimmie birdies - 1/15/16 at 5:28pm
I opened up the last eggs due the 16th they didn't develop very far, they were dark so I could not see in them. my being gone screwed up the heat.
but the eggs due the 20th, should be good, I started out with 10 eggs and only pulled one clear, so I don't count that one. what is nice is I am not starting from scratch. I got 5 days to go...
also about 5 days ago I started this crock pot hatcher because I was bored,
I added way too much water, so I am going to dry hatch till day 11 then add a smaller amount of water till lockdowm.
Boo! my crock pot was so even temp, but it warmed up today and I checked, the temp was 109, I took out the eggs they still candled fine. I don't know how they will do. I will finish up in my big incubator.
The pink dots are the 9 due on the 20th, the green dots are WCBP but I don't know if they are fertile. at the very top are 2 gray eggs. the carton eggs were crock potted, and now they are not. The crock pot cartoned eggs are due the 2. the last should be finished by the 6th of feb.
Edited by gimmie birdies - 1/16/16 at 5:34pm