Originally Posted by Wisher1000
I spot candled a few of the ones that I had marked "good" a week ago. None of them look dark like the pic Cynthia posted. I bet none of mine hatch. I'm not giving up on them, just losing hope that I will hatch any fuzzy butts.
Do you mean me, or someone else? My name is Heather, actually. If you were to estimate how much of your egg looks dark, about what percentage would you say? It's also possible that your temps are running a bit low and they are a bit behind. Don't give up hope yet! I liked your paper towel ring idea, but test them first. Put a normal refrigerator egg in one and give it a good hard knock with a finger. Can you knock it over? If so, the hatched chicks tearing around the incubator (yes, "tearing around" - they are quite rough) might knock them off and to the floor. If they sit nice and low in them and their center of gravity is below the line of the tube, it will probably work great.
Originally Posted by ragerkid2
Looky Looky Looky!!!!!
Heres some pictures of my first time incubating!!
Awesome! Good job! I had some blood rings and weird air cells, too. Good luck with your hatch!
Originally Posted by Egghead_Jr
Made a Big Blocks divider (kids leggo) for the incubator to partition off the pure Plymouth Rocks, laid down paper towels, took eggs out of cartons to lay flat and have two tumblers of water in (each side of divider to hold in place) to see what the humidity will settle at. I'm 5 hours early on lock down but this is to have time to adjust humidity before it's hands off and fingers crossed.
Cool idea! I'd love to see a picture of that if you get a chance.
Originally Posted by Mahonri
I think I'll see if I can order a new digital thermostat for my 1588... don 't know if it will work, but this one is worthless.
Maybe your SpotCheck was just giving you too low a reading. I remember you were adjusting your temperature up. My SpotCheck worked great last year but was completely wacko this year. I just pulled it and I am using my Caliber 3, which does temps and humidity.
(Why can't I click on a picture and adjust the size anymore? ) Anyway, I love this!!!! Hilarious. Great idea, great execution! (Love the banner in the background, too!)
Originally Posted by Mahonri
FIRST THREE CHICKS OUT!
Congratulations! Healthy chicks are all that matter!
Originally Posted by champer
In the amusing anecdote category: I was sitting with the 6-week old chicks and as usual Tucker my young cattle dog was with me. When I first got chickens a year ago, Tucker killed a few of them, but has learned that's a no-no and is now pretty trustworthy. As he was laying there, the chicks got curious about that fur and several went up to him and started plucking out some fur. Well, Tucker was affronted and hopped up to go stand a few feet away, 1 little Wellie followed and soon I saw her craning her neck to look up at Tucker's back and within a second she had jumped up on his back. His head spun around and the look on his face was priceless, but bless him, he didn't make a move to hurt her and she jumped off and Tucker decided to go nap in a chicken free zone.
I love cattle dogs. Tucker sounds awesome!!! What a good boy!