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Trying heat pad Incubation - for detached air cells

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Hello,

    

I received shipped eggs yesterday. 5 out of 10 seem fine, good air cells, let them rest 24 hours in about 55 degrees.  

 

Giving those to the broody in a minute (She will be soooo happy, she's very "keen" on her 3 golf balls). :celebrate

 

Of the others 2 were broken.   1 is intact with a detached cell.  2 had hairline cracks and detached air cells.

One egg that I did pitch had a bad crack, but I saw the yolk was intact and fertile soooo----

 

I followed BYC advice and waxed and taped the cracks. 

 

I thought about buying a cheapy incubator, didn't want to wait for shipping...

 

I'm trying a heating pad in a box with towels on top.  Eggs in a carton with the round end up.  No turning.   I have a dish of water in there, not sure how much difference that will make?

 

I put in a fresh Leghorn egg  as a control.  Luckily they are all white so it will be easy to see what's going on.  

 

If any develop and the air cell heals, Ill give them to the broody.

 

Why do I always feel like a mad scientist?  LOL

 

Just  wanted to post in case anyone wants to offer any suggestions. :/


Edited by alibabba - 5/5/16 at 8:40am
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How you gonna control temp? How humidity gonna get thru towels?
No turning?
I'd give them to the broody..
Or go down to feed store get a incubator
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Hey Rod T.  feed store inc. is $44. eh not worth it.  

 

The eggs were not expensive, thanks to the generousity of the sender who I would return the favor to if she liked any cool stuff I've got.

 

I figure, people dry hatch.  And I mess with my broodies about 2xs daily, checking for extras, candle some days.  They hatched everything i gave them, on schedule.  (Cept the Cochin, she is a wuss, That giant thing...let everyone in trample eggs, toss her nest.  The tiny D'Uccles (19 oz) don't let anyone mess with their stuff!!

 

My thinking is.  If no one ever tried something...we'd all be living in caves.  No cell phones or puters :)

 

Anywho,  I saw some people said moist towel on the heat pad, I could do that.  The temp is tough, it's an adjustable heat pad..for my outdoor "mama heat pad brooding".  But 6 feels too hot, 5 is not warm enough.  

 

Is 101 too warm?  That's what it feels like on setting 6.  setting 5 feels like 99.

 

Ill get a good thermometer, but for tonight...

Im a mom of 4.  I know what a fever feels like...and I can just about pin point degrees lol.

 

(ETA) oh cant turn right away because of the air cells, ill do a tilt side to side on the angle.

 

So glad for the input, thanks!


Edited by alibabba - 5/5/16 at 7:11pm
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Hi all, From what I've read, no one ever gave a detached air cell egg to a broody and had it hatch.  Just checkin'  

 

-A

Thx!

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If u don't turn the eggs, than the CAM can't develope properly and the embryos can't get the nutrition they need
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Originally Posted by alibabba View Post

Hi all, From what I've read, no one ever gave a detached air cell egg to a broody and had it hatch.  Just checkin'  

-A
Thx!

My friends broody hen hatches shipped eggs often, and I've been advised that shipped eggs should be treated like local after an initial 24 hour rest.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1036123/the-hatch-that-byc-built-aka-frieda-vs-the-brinsea-warning-pic-heavy
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post #7 of 8
Just put them all under your broody. . Your heat pad is no good without a thermostat. .
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Hey all,  to follow up...

 

The shipped eggs in the heatpad box are clear.  No development that I can see.   My control Leghorn...normal development :) :celebrate:ep

 

Out of the 5 under the broody 3 look perfect, 1 looks like start of blood ring and 1 clear.  The other 11 under the broody (all look good!, cept the dark green that are too dense)

 

 

So...my feeling is that with the smashed and broken eggs in the shipped box, these eggs had no chance either wither way.  Fun experiment to appease my curiosity.

 

There is a great sticky for hatching .delicate shipped eggs...I think its about geese generally, I will add the link here when I locate it again.

 

 

I will MARK, the started leghornXAmeraucana egg and put it under the broody tomorrow, to follow thru the eggsperiment.    No sense in accidentally cooking or cooling it.

 

  Bet ya all $1 its a rooster. :)


Edited by alibabba - 5/10/16 at 7:22pm
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