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I have my first pip!! Its a California White. They always hatch faster lol celebrate.gif

 

As for the naughty three year old- I dont care if they are three, five, or eighteen. If any of my five kids were to EVER deliberately hurt an animal (which has happened very rarely) they get punished severly and given a half hour lecture on how we are meant to care for God's creation, not destroy it.  End of story.

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Originally Posted by kvmommy View Post

Mahonri, remember when you freaked out because your temp was at 101.  Well last night I had issues with my hovabator with temps dropping after lockdown.  I found the wafer in the thermostat was loose.  For about 2 hours the temp was around 91.  Then I fixed it and the temps started climbing.  Around 330 DS woke up with a fit again.  And I asked DH who was up to keep an eye on the bator and turn it down if it gets too high.  IT was at 98.  It took til almost 5 am to get DS back to sleep and  I was exhausted.  I was tempted to go check the temps but thought, well DH said he had it covered.  I woke up late today for obvious reasons and the temp was at 107.  he.gif

I called DH and he said.  I checked twice and when it was at 100 I knew it was good.  I should never trust a non hatcher.  My eggs have survived some serious heat spikes but I doubt that these will survive.  Its too hot this late in the game for that long.  I'm devastated.  BUT I still have eggs in my LG. 

 

BTW, I got a call at 7 am yesterday.  DH was coming in.  It was a magical reunion.  My friends watched my kids so we surprised DD at her house.  I told her a surprise was coming and then he knocked on the door and she answered it.  She ran into his arms and started crying.  She said..."Daddy, I missed-ed you soooo much.  ARe you leaving me again?  Please don't go!"  Then DS was just showing off like crazy and kissing his daddy over and over.  I literally barely got to spend time with him.  He was sooo tired but enjoyed the kids crawling all over him and bothering him.  Neither would go to sleep unless daddy would sleep with them.  So they got my whole bed.  LOL  as mad as I am at DH for ruining this lockdown...I'm beyond thrilled to have him home.  I'm so happy.

 

I didn't tell DH. But when he came home yesterday he checked the bator in my room.  Walked into the living room, saw my HM bator and asked why I had two running, and then looked over and saw the new one.  He just sighed and shook his head.  LOL

 

 

 


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HD and daddy is home!!!!!

 

Don't give up on those eggs yet!! you don't know how long they ave been at 107--could have only be a few minutes!!!!!!!!!!

 

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NPIP Tested Clean

 

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             Black Copper Marans, Buff Orpingtons and Speckled Sussex    

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post #9183 of 11360

They were realllly hot to the touch.  I've opened the bator and left it half on so the temps cool down slowly. I just candled two white eggs.  YEsterday they were vigorous...one no matter how much I handled it, it didn't move.  The other one had very very sluggish movements but was moving!  So...here's to hoping. 

 

Haven't heard anything else from the chirping egg and haven't seen anything.

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OK, my Brinsea has hatching envy of my Hovabator.  And they were both set on the same day at the same time!

 

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

I'm a schizophrenic 

And so am I.

 

kvmommny, DANG!  After 19 days!  I hate when that happens.hugs.gif

 

I'm just amazed that with all of my hovabator temp problems and the low and high temps that I have 6 chicks and another 7 pipped!

 

Did someone just SLAP ME?!??!!!?!??!?!?!somad.gif


Edited by Mahonri - 4/5/12 at 8:30am

Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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post #9185 of 11360
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As I said earlier I had 8 chicks hatch. My brooder is in our shop just outside of the part we partitioned off as the chicken coop. (The shop used to be a BBQ grill before I was born and the "coop" is the old kitchen) Anyway All of my chicks were doing great, eating drinking, walking around pecking things etc. I went next door to my mom's and about 10 minutes later my husband called and said one of the chicks was looking real bad. So I went back and he wouldn't stand up, his head was limp, and was just slowly dieing. I asked who had been watching our almost 3 year old nephew, my husband and my brother in law were in the shop the whole time so I though one of them could handle watching him. Husband claimed he was and that he was playing with checkers... The checkers weren't even a foot away from the brooder, and the light in the brooder was moved over.... just like if someone had bumped it while reaching in the brooder. Husband wouldn't tell me even if he knew he had hurt the chick because it would have been the last straw and brother in law or not he would have been told to get control of his kid and/or leave. Now I wouldn't be upset if it was an accident... but this child is a terror and finds joy in hurting animals and needs a good whoopin' for it. I've gotten to the point now that I keep all my animals away from him, I wouldn't blame them a bit if they got him though. not that I want them to but really how much can something take before they fight back? I have a dog that would bite his head of in a second if he hurt him and knowing them they would blame it all on the dog because their angel never does anything. Anyway my nephew will pick a cat up and throw it, stomp on animals, throw things at them, hit them, belly flop on to them, pick them up by their tails, picked my chihuahua up off the ground by her ears. I am about 95% sure he had a hand in my chicks demise, and is now barred from being anywhere near the chicks. I will be making a top for the brooder tomorrow that I didn't need before because I taught my kid how to treat animals (he was with me by the way). It is aggravating that my dogs (that are always by my side, a Doberman and a Boxer) go into lock down every day when his dad brings him over and doesn't watch him. My poor cats disappear when they see him coming, and my chickens aren't even safe at MY house because he won't watch his kid. Did I mention that I walked out of the shop and he was peeing on my truck?!?! Not the tires... the paint on the door and his dad thought it was the funniest thing. My mother in law said the other day "When your cat has kittens I want one for him to play with" HA! Sure thing, February 30th you can pick it up.

 

Sorry I guess I just needed to vent. I guess I am the only one around here besides my mom that thinks that a 3 year old being cruel on perpose is NOT an ok thing, and not something that they will "grow out of" if not dealt with. My husband says "He doesn't mean to" "It was an accident" "He was just trying to play with it". Ok I have to stop before I write  a novel.


Oh no!  I'm so sorry about your chick!!!     hugs.gif     Before going back to college I ran a daycare out of my home for years and I cared for many three year olds in that time.  A three year old wanting to hurt animals is not normal behavior.  Before the age of three children don't seem to understand that baby animals are living things but by three they start to have a reverence for life.  They are awed and delighted when seeing baby animals, well most any animal really.  They often don't have the skills to hold the animal correctly yet (so no leaving 3 year olds alone with animals) but they certainly don't go out of their way to harm them.

 

A parent not acknowledging that their child needs help may be normal but if they really love him they will get that child some help soon!  They are setting him up for a miserable life (for himself and others he comes into contact with) if they don't deal with the reasons behind the violent behavior soon!  Sticking their heads in the sand isn't doing that child any favors.  In fact quite the opposite!  It sounds like there is a lot of family drama that may be affecting the child a lot more negatively than they realize and a stable home life would be much more helpful than an ultra permissive one.

 

Maybe your husband could lovingly talk to his brother about getting some family counseling.  I don't normally suggest anything like this and I usually hate it when folks butt in when they have little knowledge of a situation but I do know what is normal behavior for a 3 year old and that isn't it.  I worry about where this may escalate to if it is not dealt with soon.  And I do believe that this "acting out" is a cry for help that the Father is ignoring!  Real love means making tough decisions and doing things we don't want to do when we know it's the best thing for our child!
 

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I candled last night and I am so glad I did!  I thought out of the 42 I had set that I only had about 2 that made it.  They were shipped eggs and about 8 were broke when they arrived and another 20 or so were scrambled (must have had a hard time in shipping).  Then I had a temperature glitch.  My thermometer was reading 2 degrees lower than it actually was.  :(  The good news is that when I candled I could see that more than 2 made it.  I feel really good about at least 7 of them.  So I have uppped the humidity and will be patiently waiting. 

 

I do have one question though.....   The air cells are big.... and they dip in at one spot...  They are perfectly even all the way around but at one spot they dip down about 1/2 an inch.  When I turn them to the side and shine the light into the dark chick part of the egg I can see veins and they are red so I think they are alive.  Do big air cells mean my humidity was too low?


Many folks believe a large air cell is desirable.  The chick doesn't develop quite so fast therefore the chick is not too big to turn in the shell, making it much easier for the chick to pip and zip.  At this stage a dip in the air sac is not a huge deal either.  Good luck on your hatch!
 

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Just checking the bator when I awoke.  There's a little progress from one of my low SFH, seems to be doing OK.  The other has a little bit of blood and the pipped area hasn't changed much.  Keep hoping.  However, lots more pips: 6 ameraucanas, 3 silver hamburgs, 3 BLR wyandottes, maybe one more cream legbar, but no more of my 9 remaining SFH eggs.  Kids are excited and the bator keeps getting untimely jolts as they scramble over each to see the chicks.  cute though and fun.


 

woot.gif        Amazing, considering the fact that you thought you'd lost them all!



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Regarding naughty three year old....

 

My niece came to visit last summer, and she attempted to drown a kitten in the dog waterer (five gallon bucket)...! I caught her and she ran away from me, knowing it was a bad thing she was doing.  Her mother wasn't watching her, and didn't see the implications in what her daughter was doing! I put her in time out and for the rest of her visit she was not allowed to hold the poor kitten that I did manage to resuscitate. The mother was angry at me for the rest of the visit, saying that her daughter was just being normal...?!?!

 

Children showing a lack of empathy and care for small animals should be cause for concern... just saying...


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Has anyone made an incubator out of a styrofoam cooler?  I tried to make one last night because I thought it might be nice for hatching only when I have staggered hatches.  I have a couple of eggs that are a few days behind the others.  What I did was cut the top off and install a 5x7 picture frame glass for a viewing window then I cut a hole for an extention cord to go inside and plugged into the extension cord is a light bulb adapter and I put a 25 watt bulb in there.  I cut holes in the sides for air and I am running about 105 on temperature.  So I cut a few more air holes and it didnt cool down.  I probably need a smaller bulb but they don't sell any lower wattage bulbs than 25 that will fit in a standard light socket.  I thought about getting a night light but it says no larger than 4 watts....

 

Any suggestions?

 

Oh and I am so excited to be seeing hatching chick pictures.  This is my favorite part!!!
 


A thermostat is needed to keep any bator at the precise temps they need to be at to hatch chicks.  My first bator was homemade and I got a 70% hatch rate in that bator but I learned the value of a thermostat from that experience too.  I was using a meat thermometer and lifting the lid every time the alarm went off telling me the "meat/oven" had reached the preset temp.  I set the alarm to go off at 103 degrees so that I could lift the lid and let some hot air escape.  No I'm not kidding.  This was how I regulated the temps in that thing. 

 

Anyway as good as I got at carrying that bator to work and back (I was teaching science at the time to 4-6th graders) and lifting that lid with my toe during the night without having to rouse myself completely from sleep, it got old fast.  Very fast!  It's a miracle my husband didn't kick me out of the bedroom during that 21 days.  My point is... get a thermostat, a good one.     tongue.png

 


Edited by SunnyDawn - 4/5/12 at 8:53am

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Don't miss the new Nevada thread pages here!  These pages are in their infancy so don't hesitate to send me suggestions for additions or improvements.  Just be kind... I'm old and technologically challenged.     LOL

 

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For those of you who are experiencing "hatching envy" (and I am one of "those people" wink.png) please DO NOT PANIC!!!!!!  You will see people reporting pips, cheeping and hatched chicks today and tomorrow.  You have nothing to "worry" about until later Saturday.  If your temps were running a little low, they may hatch late.  Do not think that ALL IS LOST.  Hatching day isn't until Saturday.  I am only stating this because I went through this on my first hatch.  I was beating myself up all Saturday thinking I had messed something up since the eggs were just sitting in the incubator looking like they had just been set.  Remember, breathe, sit on your hands and DON"T PANIC!!!!!!!!!!! hugs.gif  BTW my temps ran low my first hatch and I had eggs hatching from Saturday evening until the following Wednesday.



Dsqard - Could you possibly copy this and re-post it every, oh..... I don't know ........half hour or so through Monday or Tuesday?

 



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Nothing in the Brinsea. (l HAVE 21 EGGS IN THERE)

 

OK folks this is what I am talking about.  Why are we PANICING two days before hatch day?  This is not the time to ask WWMD tongue2.gif

 

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Remember to breathe Mahonri! Wisher I think he needs on of your slaps! gig.gif



I'm ON it!

 



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My tiny tiny egg, a blue or black silkie. Its had a very active baby in there. So. IF it hatches out fl.gif will this baby be okay with the others?? Will they pick on it?? Do I need to move it with another smaller chick or what??? I got a couple of small eggs but this one looks the size of a quail egg almost. Ok maybe not AS small as a quail egg but yeah....lol

I got a little OEG/EE from a swap egg, just the tiniest thing. He is now best buds with the biggest one from that hatch and seems to do OK. He IS a game bird though and super quick. I think if your little silkie stays with his/her hatch mates it might be OK.

 

 



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OK folks this is what I am talking about.  Why are we PANICING two days before hatch day?  This is not the time to ask WWMD tongue2.gif wink.png

Remember to breathe Mahonri! Wisher I think he needs on of your slaps! gig.gif

I think I need a slap too! I am so glad I'm have to work for the next two days! At least I did get the Spring hatch out of the basement brooders and into the coop brooders so I have some place to put the new hatchlings. I have GOT to figure out a new place for some growing pens though. Everyone is out growing their pens barnie.gif

 

I just transcribed my bator side scribbles into my hatch log spreadsheet and am a little mortified to see I have hatched out over 100 chicks since New Years day. Still have them too.th.gif

 

 

 

Got you covered! 

 

I will be available all weekend and into the first of next week to provide assistance to anyone in need of a slap to temporarily calm down impending hysteria....

 

Mahonri -- smack.gif

Karimw -- smack.gif

 

Anyone else?

 


Edited by Wisher1000 - 4/5/12 at 8:37am

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I am a proud supporter of The University of Alabama football team and my blood runs CRIMSON!  Roll Tide Roll!

I kinda' like that other team, too.  How could you not like a team who's mascot is a War Chicken?

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post #9187 of 11360
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I chirp too!  WHen I get a response I know one has internally pipped or externally pipped. THen search ,a search, scanning over every detail of each egg until I find the pip!  I check on the pips regularly, chirping, asking for an answer!  No wonder the chickens follow me around!

 


I am sitting there and watching the bator all day!! Can't help myself! Or I'm here, feeling everyone else's angst and concern and anxiety!! My heart rate increases and I get hart palpitations reading updates!

 

barnie.gif Keep the updates coming!1 Keeps me distracted and away from my bator!!

 


At moments I want the chicks out NOW, and at others,  its "hold on, I have more prepping to do! I"m so distracted today. Much to do . . but I'm at the bator or catching up on the Easter Hatcha thon. 

 

WOw, Michelle, that's pretty high. I get 80-90% when hatching turkey eggs per POrter's instructions. Otherwise, lower is better. Perhaps remove some of the set ups until RH is wjhere you want it. I go in and out of my bator and don't have problems with hatching as I can get the RH up very quickly with a hot wet sponge.

 

My point is, you have time to adjust the RH  before the chicks externally pip.
 

 

Children this young need to be supervised 100% of the time around animals. THey do not function as we adults do yet, and what we see as hurting an animal is more like experimenting and expressing curiosity.  I know of several people that participated in mishaps as young children and grew up to be rather thoughtful and caring people.  CHildren must be supervised at ALL times around animals. Repeat: children must be supervised at all times around animals. ANd parents are responsible for their children. Be there to supervise.

 

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I agree Arielle,

 

The three year old probably wasn't old enough to understand that she was being cruel to the kitten.  Her mother should have been watching her.  When my daughter was 3  or 4 I caught a geko in the house.  I let her hold it and she squished it, on purpose!  I was so upset.  I tried to explain it to her how we have to care for animals and how it has feeling etc etc etc but she didn't get it.  Same kid at 5 years old she had a small puppy.  She would put the puppy inside her dresser drawers!  She said it was his "bed" so I had to keep a close eye on her.  She's 8 now and she is great with animals.  She loves all the baby chicks we have and is good to the dogs and her hamsters.  I just think when they are that small they don't really understand things the way an adult would and they need very very close adult supervision with animals.

Bantam Red Cochins, Mille Fluer D'Uccle, Free ranging guineas - Pearl, Pied, Buff, Violet, Lavender.  One RIR hen and one Black Australorp hen (Henny) who is a spoiled rotten pet.  Variety of Maran babies.  One great husband, three kids, and two dogs.  I'm a chick-a-holic so I have an ever changing number of feather kids.

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Bantam Red Cochins, Mille Fluer D'Uccle, Free ranging guineas - Pearl, Pied, Buff, Violet, Lavender.  One RIR hen and one Black Australorp hen (Henny) who is a spoiled rotten pet.  Variety of Maran babies.  One great husband, three kids, and two dogs.  I'm a chick-a-holic so I have an ever changing number of feather kids.

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post #9188 of 11360
Congrats on all the new chicks!!!

Sorry for all who is have temp issues!


I lockdown 38 dipped eggs out of 66 set today! They are due on Sunday. Please pray that they hatch clean of Mycoplasma gallisepticum!

Rebuilding my Farm again thread- http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=587948

Hatching eggs available!!! Chickens- Icelandics, Buff Orpington, Tomaru Longcrowers Turkeys- Bourbon Red, Oregon Gray,Red Slate Geese- Embden My website- http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=6bb099c03c841e0aa94311ac07580ace&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.backyardchickens.com%2Fu%2F74819%2FFarmerboy16...

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Rebuilding my Farm again thread- http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=587948

Hatching eggs available!!! Chickens- Icelandics, Buff Orpington, Tomaru Longcrowers Turkeys- Bourbon Red, Oregon Gray,Red Slate Geese- Embden My website- http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=6bb099c03c841e0aa94311ac07580ace&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.backyardchickens.com%2Fu%2F74819%2FFarmerboy16...

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Did you guys set your eggs early again? Every time we do this I panic when everyone else is hatching except me!  But they aren't due till Saturday. This is Thursday. I shall calm down. Ohm..........................

 

 

 All these reports of early chicks are killing me.  I keep staring at mine and worrying nothing will hatch (even though there was lots of waving at me when I candled on Tues. night.  I keep repeating to myself................."they have chicks because their incubators were running hot!"  It isn't totally helping the worrying though.



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That would make me nervous too.  One shot is usually all it takes to scare the coyotes away out where I am.  Single shot totally normal but repeated shots?       hu.gif

 


We have a neighbor that target shoots for an hour or most nearly every day.  It really stresses me out.  Who knows what they are using as a backboard to the shots.  I keep waiting for the errant bullet to come flying through.  Of course, just as annoying is the kid next door with the dirt bike. rant.gif

 

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The difference between breakfast and chicks, is the temperature you use to "cook" the eggs!

 

What breeds do I have?  More than any sane person would own.

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The difference between breakfast and chicks, is the temperature you use to "cook" the eggs!

 

What breeds do I have?  More than any sane person would own.

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post #9190 of 11360

Got eggs in lock down  I have dark eggs or dull flashlight can't see thru olive egg or the sorted marans eggs.   so I think 80 or 81  eggs in the 2 bators.  Really hope my batams hatch.   I'll be happy with 50%....

Happy hatching    Testing the new Brinsea  20eco.   stuffed with sorted marans eggs    24    cuckoo, Bcm, wheaten I think.

Off to feed the group of animals outside.   Have a outside breeding mare to see if she can go home   Hope I hope.

And feed straving chickens  

SueG

P I really want a big incabator      Like  the Brinsea.   any suggestions on which to buy?

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