5 Ayam Cemani eggs from a GFF roo over TMA hens.
I was sitting at my computer when I heard a chirp. I ran to the incubator and found a pip!
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.
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.
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