My post for today is a repost of the one I just posted to the surviving Mn thread. It is mainly a turkey day.
I am hatching today. I tried to hatch in the 2nd CQF because the turning motor needs to be replaced.
Terrible, terrible, terrible thing to do. I could not get the moisture level high enough. I added sponges, more water tanks, more sponges, I misted the insides through the vents from the outside. It was terrible!
Temps held nice and steady over the foam is the only thing. I have 6 turkeys out of around 30-40 eggs. The rest I am afraid are dead. They were alive at day 25. I moved all the eggs last night to the foam incubators. Not what I really wanted to do. I have 90% now so maybe something will hatch. Who knows.
I have chicken eggs hatching in a second foam incubator. So far only 2 have hatched, Both EE's. I have about 30-40 of them to hatch too.
Beings I used the 1202's I used the hatching tray they have in them. One on the bottom, one on the middle shelf. I could not use egg cartons. I like hatching in cut up egg cartoons!
This is going to make me buy 2 automatic humidity control thingys. Yeah, I know a bucket with a float, and some sponges.
Also when I build a hatcher this summer, I will be making it so I can hatch in cartons. BTW I only opened the doors to add water and then for seconds. By far the worst hatch rate of the year.
I have a turkey setting on 8 eggs she has been doing so for about 2 weeks. She is in the corner of the coop. She is a young flighty one. I have her eggs marked with a red X so I can remove the extra eggs. The night before last, it was dark when I picked eggs. There was a second turkey trying to horn in on the nest. I just picked her up and moved her away. I was surprised she let me pick her up so easy.
Yesterday afternoon I picked eggs again. The second turkey was there again. It was light so I could see it was Ethel. I picked her up and petted her and talked to her, I told her she needed to keep laying eggs and let the young one have the nest. Oh, and as usual the young one got off the nest and went to the far corner of the coop when I came in. I set Ethel down and picked through the eggs taking the 2 good ones.
Ethel must not have listened to my little talk real well. She went over sat on the eggs and then gently rolled the couple eggs that were outside of her, under her. Rearranging them just like she wanted them. I have a feeling things did not go well when the young one came back. Ethel did not seem to be in the mood to give up the eggs.
I am thinking of stealing the eggs and forcing them both to start laying again. After the spoiled hatch I need more eggs. Or I could just let them hatch and steal the babies. Thoughts?