Ok, here is the video I post at this time for a hatch a long..when eggs start arriving.
If you can get through him talking about the cars in the beginning..he explains he is a P.O. worker. Watch for the truck, and when he asks..you didn't think we handled everything by hand did you?
Well gee you shoulda put a disclaimer on that now I'm not going to get any sleep! Aaaahhhhhh! Sorry. Just found out that my "eggs for education" that I won as a prize from mypetchicken from the Halloween Hatch-a-long are currently located(finally) in Madison... Did I mention they shipped Monday and I wasn't told until I inquired today? Ahhh! All I can think about is that video you posted
*gulps* I'm scared I'm sure BC of the mypetchicken affiliation they're packed well but I'm worried my last shipped hatch was a total bust. Yes I know it happens but I really want these eggies to turn into chickies
Do you think I'd be arrested if I broke into a USPS facility to get my own package? Lol
Hope they're okay tomorrow.
The bator is ready after they rest up. The new thermometer/hygrometer calibrated almost perfectly, as perfect as possible considering it doesn't go to the tenth degree, the humidity may have been off by 1% not a big deal.
I do have a couple questions that are going to make me sound like a newbie but as this is my first hatch with a backup hygrometer/thermometer I wanna be sure I'm doing it right
I've only ever trusted my incubator thermometer and hygrometer so now that I have this calibrated one(hoping to add a second this weekend) should I just trust it and set the bator accordingly or not? I tried to calibrate the thermometer on my styrobator too by holding it so the probe was suspended in the water/ice mixture I was never able to get it below 35 degrees I find it hard to believe it's off that much since my previous hatches have been on day 21-22.... So I would love some input please.
My second question is that my styrobator temp sensor came stapled to a piece of plastic. I've read through the directions backwards forwards and upside down and no where does it say to remove that staple and plastic. Should I?
I always kept mine on
did you have more ice than water in your water bath?
can you compare it to your home thermostat at room temp? just to be sure?
Building another incubator, and if I can get it up & running, I'll be joining the Easter Hatch-A-Long. I'm using @Sally Sunshine's design for the cabinet cooler bator. But going to attempt making an auto turner - found some ideas on YouTube; no instructions, foreign language, but it's worth a try!
awesome have a look at the first sections on incubators and DIY turners.... and cheap trays too
There are a bunch of builds from the incu thread listed too! Good luck @myfivegirls
WOW!!! I haven't been online for a while and I am nearly 2000 posts behind!!
With everything that has gone on over the last couple weeks (Rec Soccer Championships, oldest turned 12 Celebration, impromptu trip to Orlando, FL to see family and go to Universal Studios) I haven't been able to post any updates. Well, the Easter HAL eggs for the classroom were set last Thursday. I actually was permitted some time to speak with the children about chickens and eggs. This set will be the sum total for this HAL. Too much going on. So here are my numbers
Heritage RIR = 4
Speckled Sussex = 3
Blue/Black/Splash Maran = 3
Salmon Faverolle = 2
Black bantam (can't remember which breed) = 1
Millie Fluer d'Uccle = 3
Gold Neck d'Uccle = 6
Backyard mystery mixes = 3
Grand Total eggs set = 25
Returned from Orlando Monday night to two pipped duck eggs, one pipped chicken egg, and two hatched chicks. (Eggs were "locked-down" right before we left.) All have hatched and the newest duckling additions are adorable. The ducklings are White Crested/Rouen cross. The both look like standard Rouen except one inherited it's mother's crest. This little one has already received the name Montana (Moe for short).
oh my how cute!!!!!
These are some of my eggs for the HAL.
@Sally Sunshine heres my 16 Dom eggs shipped the Sally Sunshine way. All the air cells look good and no damage to the eggs. I'm gonna let them rest in the 60-65* basement and set saturday morning. Going off the air cells they were just what I ordered fresh and under 2 days old when shipped. Saturday the oldest should be only 7 days old. I get a good hatch.
Like none of them. I candled them and theres no cracks, no saddles, no loose air cells. Nothing wrong with them. Hopefully I don't change that by incubating them So this is a testament to Sallys shipping method done by somebody else, it works well. Yes you'll pay extra for it but its way worth it.
I've got a late entry: 11 svarthona eggs, yay! Thanks to an auction by @KYTinpusher, thank you! Beautiful packaging! All arrived safe with intact air cells! I highly recommend KYTinpusher and USPS special handling!
oh good news!!!!!
sweetness!!!!!! great catch!