Originally Posted by Toast n Jelly
What I said.What's needed is not another bator but someone who knows not to open the bator and to know what to do in stressed hatchings
. Sorry but there was some human error in that hatch
and it's too painful to watch more of the same so I wish you all good luck.
Wow...I'm sorry, but you assume too much. Actually, I was there every step of the way...from candling with the students, to opening up the quitters so the kids could see stages of development. Lockdown was Friday, the one duckling was quickly removed Monday morning because she was kicking the other eggs around so severely and had clearly hatched sometime on Sunday. No one opened the bator again until Tuesday when the ducklings were struggling to get out for longer than 24 hours. Nothing was the teacher's fault. No ducklings were shrinkwrapped. She called me to come in and help them. You saw MY hand grabbing the egg in the incubator, and it was only after finding the one duckling dead in it's shell after pipping and the other duck was stuck to it's shell that we checked the other eggs...when you may have seen the teacher grab the other eggs for me to check on. Those ducklings died in their shell probably before lockdown. In this case, another incubator is seriously needed. Anyone with hatching experience knows the Little Giant still air incubators are the worst for fluctuating success rates. Brinsea is the best, and takes out several of the frustrating variables such as temp spikes and plunges, gives a continuous and even heat to the eggs versus spotty heat. We could go on. We also need to factor in the variables of the school...no one is there at night save the janitors (who do go in to check on the bator temps before they leave for the night), the weekends the school is empty, the heat in the room is dropped "after hours" and goes up during school hours. Hatching at home could yield similar results...we see it all the time here on BYC. Being a school hatch, the emphasis is on learning...sometimes the best way to learn is not through immediate success.
In addition...this has been the teacher's 3rd hatch in her classroom with my assistance. The ducks are the only hatch that were difficult...the chicken hatches went so smoothly. Let's wait and see how the next duck hatch goes with a better incubator....
To be continued.
Edited by Muggsmagee - 5/2/12 at 12:23am