Originally Posted by katsdar
So is the Styrofoam bater working for you? I have 22 eggs in lock down, so we will see how many hatch on Saturday
why do you think the one is not going to make it?
I've been using it with the turner for incubating, and the other one I bought for a hatch point. This hatch so far is looking like 3 of 6 leghorns and 8 of 11 ameraucanas are going to hatch. The first leghorn didn't make it, it's the one that surprised me by having a big hole pipped out below the air cell mark and in the back. So much for putting the eggs in a carton with the lowest point of the air cell facing me so I can see the pips..... had I seen that pip, I never would have taken those out of that bator to put in the other one.
I'm not sure if my low hatch rates have been the first 17 days in the turning bator not being right, or the lockdown period in the hatcher not being right, or a combination. I do know there have been some in each hatch that came out like gangbusters and looked like everything must have been done right, the rest, not so much.
I have an AM that hatched out, that didn't take the cord in and some of it's insides aren't inside....it's survived a few hours so far, I'm no surgeon, I had hoped keeping it moist with warm water would help it pull it back in, but it doesn't appear to be helping at all. I know I should put it out of it's misery, but I hate to give up on one that made it out of the shell
I have turned off the cabinet, started taking stuff out of it. tomorrow is supposed to be raining, so will be a good day to start trying to figure out how to undo the mistakes the guy who build it made with it, like that big ole hole he put in it that won't let the humidity come up. I'll get some pics tomorrow of how this thing was made, I'm thinking I'm going to order a heating element from GQF and pick up a few more of the computer case fans I bought before and seal off that gaping hole in the bottom. If I can get a mount figured out for the heat element he used, I may try to utilize it on the inside of the cabinet somewhere and make it work.
I've discussed selling the two styrofoam bators to GAM for school hatching projects, but I will definitely still hatch you the chicks I agreed to as part of our deal, you just need to let me know what kind of mix you want and when I really love the green eggs I'm getting from the AM/Australorp cross