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They're hatching! Hatching notes and commentary. Ayam Cemani

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5 Ayam Cemani eggs from a GFF roo over TMA hens.

 

Egg #1.

I was sitting at my computer when I heard a chirp. I ran to the incubator and found a pip!

 
The first chick hatched yesterday and is so far an obvious cull (I won't be using for my breeding program). The skin is pink, toes have some color, nails are clear, and has white leakage (which may even molt out) no idea.

 

Four hours later

 

"What do you see?" I texted my man. 

 

As you can see, the tips of its wings have white down. Maybe they'll fade out when feathers comes in- my Svart Hona's did. 

 

 

 
The second chick has black skin, and is still wet, I don't want to open the incubator so I can't see much. Toes are black. Will update along the way!!

 

(He's out!!)

 

Pretty pleased with his coloring.

 

In the picture above, you can see egg #3 is almost fully zipped! Also chick #1 and all its "imperfections"

 

 

 

Egg #4 is rocking around and has been since last night

 

Egg #5 has just began to rock around!

 

So if all hatch that will be EXCELLENT! 

 

For this hatch, we used the dry hatch method for the first time after I had problems with "shrink-wrapping" my last batch. I have had 2 100% hatch rates before hand and it prompted me to purchase another incubator of the same, but after I lost $500 in ayam cemani eggs due to shrink wrapping (all fully developed. They drowned in their egg), I wanted to give dry hatching a try.

 

When we first got them, we weighed them.

 

Egg #1 43g

Egg #2 37g

Egg #3 44g

Egg #4 42g

Egg #5 45g

 

We waited 7 days, candled and weighed again

 

Egg #1 36g

Egg #2 31g

Egg #3 38g

Egg #4 35g

Egg #5 39g

 

As you can tell, they lost a bit of weight. We read that as  chick develops, their mass decreases due to water in their egg evaporating. This theory proves true.

 

Day 14:

 

Egg #1 38g

Egg #2 26g

Egg #3 34g

Egg #4 33g

Egg #5 37g

 

The eggs continued to lose mass, but not as significantly at the first week.

 

Day 18: Candled and lockdown

 

Egg #1 36g

Egg #2 27g

Egg #3 42g

Egg #4 32g

Egg #5 36g

 

So as you can tell, the decrease wasn't constant. Some of the eggs gained a gram or two in mass before they went into lockdown.

I found these results interesting and I'd love to hear your theories on it! 

 

 

Dry hatching meant that we left the humidity completely alone. On lockdown day, we added a teaspoon of water to the water wells. To bring up humidity 10% from where it usually was. Then after a chick pips or hatches, humidity will usually increase on it's own. After a pip, if it went up, and it hadn't come out yet, I stuck a straw full of water through the air holes and added another teaspoon. So I made sure my humidity stayed above 50% or lockdown.

When the chicks hatch, the humidity rises on its own to 70%.


Edited by ACaskey - 6/18/15 at 10:38pm
post #2 of 5
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#3 is OUT! 

I feel bad for it, it is on it's back and can't really get up, but I can see it's toes, and everything so it kind of makes it easy on me! DON'T OPEN THE INCUBATOR ANNA! Lol

Black skin, clear toenails, but it looks good so far

 

post #3 of 5

They are beautiful!  Congratulations!

Walnut Hill Farm

Ayam Cemani and Oregon Gray/Dark Gray turkeys

 

Incubating in a vintage GQF 1402 cabinet

 

Life is short...live and love.

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Walnut Hill Farm

Ayam Cemani and Oregon Gray/Dark Gray turkeys

 

Incubating in a vintage GQF 1402 cabinet

 

Life is short...live and love.

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post #4 of 5
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Egg #4 chick has hatched! Looks good so far :) Pictures once I open the incubator

post #5 of 5

Did the ones that appeared to have leakage ever turn completely black?

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