Originally Posted by AmyLynn2374
Awe. Thanks. Wait until you get that first pip and all you can do is wait...for hours...and hours....lol
Have you ever checked the thermometer to make sure it was accurate or have an individual one inside?
Biggest mistake, following those manuals to a T. They recommend too high of humidity. I hate the manuals! I totally agree.
If mine weren't pipped by day 22, (my hatches usually start early cause my bator is hard to regulate so I get it settled slightly warmer rather than lower,) I would candle day 22 to see if there was any signs of life, any internal pips. Any signsof life and they stay in. I can't pull the plug on anything I still know is alive. No signs of life and I'd pull one to eggtopsy by going in the air cell first to confirm.
Janoel knockoff? Chinese bator. My nephew bought one of those. The temp and humidity reading was off on both.@WVduckchick
I thought I quoted you too... anyway, I've never regreted the decision to keep Peep, as a matter of fact the leg problem wasn't noticeable until he started filling out and putting on weight. I will say, it's not so easy now and I have contemplated what would be better. He's not in any noticeable pain, never has been, but if getting him in his own pen doesn't lift his spirits and he doesn't perk up, we are going to have to consider the alternative, which will be very hard. He is my first ever chicken.
Well, he didn't do it for me so I had to.
broke my heart, but I know it was the right thing to do. Poor thing was gonna be a frizzle too. Fact of hatching, some just don't come out right. But happily I have 6 beautiful ones.
ETA - my first ever cull, but I was proud of myself for doing it.
Originally Posted by zmcolbert
I do have, and have had back up thermometers and hydrometers in with them. So far the temp has been accurate but not the humidity. Thank you for your replies!
I have that bator too, and used it for several hatches until the heater sensor or something went out on me, on day 18!! I maintained temp with help of a heat lamp for the hatch, but got a Brinsea after that. I still want to repair it to use for a spare hatcher though.
And I totally agree, the temp was fine in it (although it works harder than it should to maintain temp...heater off and on alot!) but the humidity gage was waaaayyyy off.
Edited by WVduckchick - 3/16/16 at 6:27pm
Originally Posted by caesargirl
Alright, made it through another day. One more day closer to the 20th. Lots of peeping now. Some struggling, enough that they're tearing their membranes a bit. But the membranes near the shell holes don't have blood in them. Lots of head pushing and big yawns. Still don't want to get my hopes up, but....