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Yeah, I gleaned all the info there about air cells from Sally Sunshine's Hatching 101 article (what a Godsend!) and practiced it. That's how I knew that I was off on the wrong foot, but by Day 6 when I first checked those cells, they had lost a significant amount from too-low humidity (as I explained earlier). Adding a couple of tbs. of water to my 'bator sends it up into the high 20s in my environment, but running dry it's at 12%. So, in this next hatch, I think I'll check the eggs more often, like on Day 4, after starting out between 35-40% and see how it goes.

 

Do you weigh as well as candle? It was the weights that let me know that, for sure, I needed more humidity in my first hatching experience.

I do not weigh. Just monitor air cells.

 

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Do they mist the unhatched eggs themselves? I was wondering if that might close the pores and cut off oxygen from the hatching chicks...?

 

I could maybe mist the lid some...

 

Also, do you believe that the hatched chicks' peeping becomes a cheering section for unhatched eggs? If so, how does that square with removing chicks as they hatch?

 

(THANK YOU for all the great advice. I'm sure you've answered all this a ton of times. I am truly grateful!)

Yes, other chicks' peeping does motivate the other hatchers. To replace this "cheering" section I play chicks chirping from you tube videos, (I had an awesome video that I always recommended and then this winter the user removed the video. I was devestated...lol So now I have to find one comparable...lol), but I set my phone on  top of the bator and I periodically play the chirping during pipping and when I have one that is zipping I play it over and over. You wouldn't believe how motivated they are from it. My brooder is also only feet from my incubator, so they can still hear their real sibs, but I really think the taped chicks being played from the electronic device is more of a motivator, but that's my personal opinion...lol  And I don't have to worry about the others getting hurt in the bator or playing football with the eggs.

I had one hatch that I had 7 or 8 in there (this is before I started pulling them out earlier) and they were playing king of the hill on my thermometer and the eggs. I was watching a zipper and there was a thud from the other side and a yelp and I jumped to see one of the chicks had hit his beak, I think on the thermometer, had chipped it bad enoughthere was blood and in the same hatch I had one standing on eggs and stretching up. Next I knew there was a mark in his down on his head that resembeled the shape of the heating element. I believe he burned his head in his stretching. (I know I've burnt myself enough on it.)  Then a couple hatches later, after telling another concerned hatcher that I had never had a problem with any chicks getting hurt on the fan unit, (there's no cover on them) I had 2 stretch out underneath it and hit the fan. The first one just hit his beak and yelped. The second one was almost scalped. Right above the eye the skin was peeled back. I thought she was going to loose sight in that eye. She didn't, but she still has the slit right above the eye where your eyebrow would be to this day. I neer left them in more than a few hours anyway, but after that I started pulling them as soon as they started becoming active and moving around in there. 

 

Honestly because I use such a high humidity my chicks don't fluff up well. They fluff much better under my brooder light.

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post #22 of 25

:frow  I don't weigh either.  Monitoring air cells seems to work the best for me.

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:frow  I don't weigh either.  Monitoring air cells seems to work the best for me.

Works for me too and less work ;) lol I hate doing percentages and extra math. Do enough of that homeschooling....lol

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I do not weigh. Just monitor air cells.


Honestly because I use such a high humidity my chicks don't fluff up well. They fluff much better under my brooder light.

So, you put yhem into your brooder wet? Or just damp?

Marcia

 

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The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:22-26 (ESV)

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post #25 of 25
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So, you put yhem into your brooder wet? Or just damp?

Oh most of them are still wet. The majority are up in moving within the first half hour to hour.  I keep one end of the brooder, under the light 100F and draft free so basically they are in a warmer drier environment in the brooder than in the bator.

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