Final count 27. Started with 72.
None hatched in the incubator that was down to 65 degrees at day 8 even though they developed to lockdown. I'm sure it was for the best they didn't hatch if they were that affected. That is also the Brinsea that needs to go back to the company. It is going to stay empty long enough to make the trip after that hatch! I'm convinced!
Of the 27 that hatched, one of the shipped eggs had severe wry neck. I gave it nutri drench, 1 drop every 3 hours for 3 times and now you can't tell it from the other chicks. I have not had one that bad recover so completely before.
Of the shipped eggs; 2 of the 13 with completely detached air cells from Feather meadow hatched. 2 of the 6 from J-Bar hatched and 5 of 12 from Alchemist Farm hatched. So 9 of 28, which is not all that good even for shipped eggs.
The chicks I have look great. I just got the last one out this morning. I will get pictures after I'm sure everybody is stable. They started hatching Friday and I'm calling it quits this morning. That was all in the same incubator. IDK what would cause such a long hatch. I monitored the temps with a spot check as well as the digital readout on the Brinsea. In that incubator, they were consistently 100.3 for the incubation and 99.3 for the hatch. The humidity was 30 and 65. I would appreciate any thoughts on why it went on this long.
Congratulations on all the chicks.
And to the ones with less than great hatches...It happens to all of us sometimes, even if we are experienced hatchers! My last hatch was 100% on my Silverudd Blues and this one was closer to 10%. Same hens, same eggs, but different circumstances. Don't Give UP! Your 100% hatch is just around the corner!
Got to get the incubator cleaned up. Have Golden Cuckoo Marans eggs from Morbius18 in the mail! I can't wait. He has some drop dead gorgeous chickens!!!
Thank you Morbius18
SFH, Isabelle leghorns and lovely Silverudd Blue (formerly called Blue Isbar)
-Silver Ameraucana, Queen Silvia and East Frisian Gull. Eggs fall 2016.
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