All rightee.... Time to sit on my hands as lockdown has begun! (I'm sure the eggs are happy not to have the bright flash of candling regularly interrupt their solitude)
Edited by Peep_Show - 12/29/11 at 4:53pm
Of the original 32, at lockdown 20 are goers with nice air cells and veining...albeit a few look kinda soupy to me with extra egg white, but there's movement within, so they get to stick it out in the sauna.
I've had good results with this setup before.
I use carved up egg cartons (sides shaved down, air holes cut in the bottom of the egg cups) as it does keep things tidy in the bator -- hatches can look like such carnage -- and it's fun to watch the zipping from above. Too, the eggs don't get knocked around by active chicks, so I think it makes it easier on later hatchers to maintain their equilibrium and position for hatching in their shells. My questionable eggs or those that seemed less developed are relegated to the back row and the "lookin' good!" eggs get the first row of the cartons to have first dibs and easy access to the floor, which they usually fall out of the shell onto.
My Marans eggs are all relegated to one carton because they look like they may be slower to hatch... I think the Salmon Faverolles will be the first ones out and they -- and their carton -- can be easily slipped out if the discrepancy is too vast.
I have a dedicated space in my hatch mat positioned just right so that I can fill the humidity channels from above through one of the air vents (red plugs) in my LG. This is done either via a squirt bottle or with a squirt bottle fitted with a straw if I want precision.
This IS exciting! All that's missing is the cheeps, pips, chips, zips and clunky feet of new-hatched stumbling chicks.