Originally Posted by RubyNala97
I'm on day 14 with my eggs. I had bought 12, 3 never developed and the other 9 are all still alive and looking good. I've been keeping my humidity a bit higher then normal (45%) and I've tried some new theories out with these shipped eggs. Im happy with the development so far
but the real test will come next weekend during hatch time!
for a good hatch!
I have 3 new chicks. Interesting tidbit...out of 18 eggs that I weighed, the largest and the smallest eggs hatched and then 1 in the middle. The chick that hatched out of the smallest egg, seems to be quite weak. I'm giving it electrolytes and hoping for the best but it just sleeps ALL the time. The other two are super healthy. Here's some pics of the two active ones...
They are soooo cute!! I just wanna cuddle them! Fingers crossed for next weekends hatch!
Originally Posted by firedragon1982
Yeah, it's not by any windows, it's actually parked in one of the few draft free areas in the house. Right beside my computer desk! It could be that the water dried up. I checked it before I left, and when i got back it was that low. I did pop the top open to put water in some of the other channels since getting it back up using just the hose to one channel was tricky. It's back to 33-34%. Our house is consistently 68, so no radical swings. I don't know, it was just so random since I had been running it for a week prior to getting the eggs and didn't see that much of a humidity shift before. It will save us money now since I'm convinced it was because we went out for dinner LOL
If water is in a channel, it can cause a quick drop when it completely dries out, because it stays so spread out, up until those last few minutes, then will almost dry all at once.
But I think dinner is a good theory too lol!
Originally Posted by RubyNala97
Well, I recently found out that it only works with eggs from your back yard, but basically you weigh them when they are laid and then weigh on days 7,14,18. The eggs should loose exactly 13% by hatch. So if you monitor weight you can adjust your humidity to match proper weight loss. It's the most accurate method for humidity.
I love that one too!! It's so stinking cute and has a personality to match!!
Yes, this is exactly what I think happened.
Thanks! I forgot you said they were sizzled, duh! But really nice to hear positive feedback on eBay. I hope to sell on eBay in the spring myself, so I've been doing my homework. (And shopping)!!
Fresh (or your own) eggs are the best to use with weights, but you can kinda adjust, if you know how old the eggs are. Although they will lose a little weight in storage, its not as much as once you start incubating.
Actually, that might be a good project, to take an egg the day laid, and weigh it each day for a week or so... I'll do that with tomorrow's eggs. (ones I collected today are from today and yesterday, as I was gone for the weekend - and they will be silkie eggs!)
Also, my last hatch, the ones that hatched ranged from 12-18% weight loss, and those little Japanese lost between 17-21%!! And they hatched first!
But I did not adjust for waiting days. I know they were all less than 7 days old.