Originally Posted by RubyNala97
Sorry I fell behind and I see it's been fixed. I was going to say, see if the black cord is stuck in the back between the lid...I've done it too!!
50 eggs! All due at different times! Wow, you're brave! Where the heck are you brooding all these messy duck babies? And a pregnant wife! She's going to kill you!
Yes, I was wanting to use the octagon 20 as the incubator and get a still air as a hatcher. I thought the still airs were supposed to be better with humidity? Why are you having issues with it? I'm a stay at home mom too, so I prefer to hand turn 5xday. I actually am not liking the results in the 20 with the cradle. I have better results with the same eggs when I turn them in my brinsea mini, so next batch in the 20 I will try laying them down and hand turning.
What is this Lyon incubator you speak of? I've never heard of it....going to Google now!
Good, I'm glad! They look for trouble when they hatch, I swear!! Amy convinced me awhile ago that it was safe to move chicks whenever I want. I've done a few small, staggered hatches and I didn't want the chicks knocking the eggs around that were shipped and not due yet and I literally moved them as soon as they hatched. I just kept a blanket over the brooder so there were no drafts and kept it at 100ish and they were fine. Can't wait to see the pics!
Yep my Hova is consistently lower every time. In my house, ambient humidity is usually 45-50% on average so we're kind of low to begin with. When I am first heating up the bators before adding eggs, the Hova is usually 35% then goes up to low 40's when I add the eggs until after about 7-10 days it will drop into the low 30's then I add a sponge. I incubate Marans a lot so I run lower humidity with them, otherwise the air cells are too small at lockdown.
Originally Posted by WVduckchick
I used to travel from Charleston WV to Toledo a few times a month for business, so I went through there often! Now I'm in Parkersburg WV, so we aren't too far apart.
I just locked down 7 golden sebrights, 4 OEGBs, and 2 lavender orpingtons!
Well we are pretty close then! My husband is from WV 😄 He lived in the Mannington area back in the day when he was in high school lol.
Can't wait to see your babies! Any activity in the bator this morning?
Originally Posted by BigWeenMachine
Here he is. I tried to get a good pic of his face to show his beak. You can kinda see the line down his beak in the 2nd pick.
He's already a spoiled rotten lil ducky. I held him for a few minutes when I took him out of the hatcher and now he screams if I put him down. He has to snuggle up against my neck and thats the only way he is quiet, lol. Hope his siblings hatch soon so I can put him down.....
Aww what a cutie!!
Originally Posted by AmyLynn2374
So, I went ahead and candled and marked air cells. All 14 of the shipped silkie eggs that I thought were developing are. A couple of them look real faint though. Almost like the membrane is thick and makes it hard to see. I can see the veining, but not the embryo itself, so we will just wait and see. those veins have to go to some place. All 9 of the Spitzhauben eggs are developing and from what I can tell 5 out 6 of the green ones are developing. The air cells of the green ones actually look decent too. So we've made it one week so far. The air cells on the silkies vary widely, so they give me a little concern, but overall I t hink they are doing well.
That's amazing all the shipped silkie eggs are developing!! The others sound very promising too!
Originally Posted by JillZ
Hi all. Caesargirl, I wish I could help you. I'm definitely not an expert and get sticky and hard and gooey all mixed together, so can't really help.
It is day 20 on my 2nd hatch attempt. Last time, I set 42, ended with 34 fertile, had pretty high humidity throughout and ended up with 2 in great shape, and 1 that I helped with a rock hard membrane. He did survive and is now my fav chick, but it was a longgggg, scary event!
This time, I have kept humidity fairly low, only adding a bit of water when it hit about 25, but we've had rain throughout the first couple of weeks which really helped to keep humidity between 35-50. I candled along the way and even bought a digital scale and weighed and recorded everything. I feel like I'm pretty close to on track. On lockdown I upped humidity (with tubing into a sponge) and it has been slowly climbing from 55 to about 68 in the last 2 days. It's getting ready to rain again.
I am truly a nervous wreck right now. My daughter is visiting and she is so excited to participate in a hatch. I am even More afraid now that her expectations are high and it might be a bad hatch again.
First is that I am using my first shipped eggs. They were wrapped extremely well. No cracks, chips, anything. Out of 14, 12 have made it to day 18 on my last candle. They are BLR Wyandottes. I also have blue/black/splash Copper Marans, and 2 blue EEs setting. What scares me is that so many say that shipped eggs make it to lockdown and never hatch. I guess that I just don't understand why that would be on shipped vs unshipped. Yes, a few of the air cells are a little wonky, but they all seemed to do very well up to this point. So should I expect that only maybe 2 or 3 of the shipped to hatch? Or none?
Second, it is DAY 20!!!! And absolutely nothing has happened. In fact, it's actually day 20.5.
Last hatch, 1 pipped and hatched on day 19 and one pipped and hatched on day 20. The third difficult hatch pipped on 20 and worked for 36 hours trying to zip until I helped him.
Is this completely unusual?
And does everyone else feel so much pressure or fear when hatch time rolls around? And does everyone feel such a sense of responsibility to almost Make the chicks live?
I've had mixed results with shipped eggs. Some hatches I had several left in the bator that looked viable at lockdown but never pipped. Others I had excellent hatch rates that you would never know they shipped 1000 miles. It appears to me that some eggs are just tougher than others. They withstand shipping stress better and are stronger chicks at hatch. There are so many variables affecting eggs: Age, health and nutrition of breeder birds, how eggs are packaged, how they are handled during transit, temperatures, incubation methods. They all play a big part. Any one or combination of those things go wrong and it can negatively affect your hatch.
Yes it can be very normal to see no activity on day 20. Sometimes they don't do much on day 21 either then you look in the incubator and you start seeing pips :-) its nerve wracking for sure!!
I think on the responsibility and helping issue there are 3 camps of people: the helpers who say I set these eggs so I will do my best to give each hatchling a chance. I personally cannot stand by and watch any animal struggle or suffer. Before staying home with my kids I was a Vet Tech for many years so I can't imagine not helping lol.
Camp 2 are your people who just don't know what to do or how to do it. They've either been scared by Camp 3 to not help or haven't educated themselves yet.
Camp 3 are people who are strictly hands-off. The motto is only the strong survive. They believe weak chicks shouldn't be in the flock so you shouldn't help if they don't hatch. They don't splint spraddle legs or fret over the incubator.
So yes, what you're feeling is normal 😄 I was a nervous wreck my first hatch but it does get better! I still have nose prints on the incubator lol but the more you hatch, the more confidence you'll have.