1st time incubating day 14

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by debsman, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. debsman

    debsman Chirping

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    So I am incubating chicke eggs for the 1st time and am on day 14. I candled on day 4,7 and tonight (14). The day after i started incubating the power went out and was off for 2 days. I did manage to hook up the bator to a temporary power supply but there were times that it cooled down for a few minutes but the temp was brought back to the original 99.5 relatively soon.
    The chicks were moving a lot on day 7 but the air cells seemed to be a little small. Now on day 14 the chicks are still moving quite well and growing seems ok, but, the air cells haven't grown very much. I can see very well into the eggs and im concerned that it may be too much for this day.
    Is this normal? I have read that i shouldn't be able to see much now and there shouldn't much room for movement.
    Any advice?
     
  2. venymae

    venymae Prairie Wind

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    Remove all moisture until day 19 or until you see a pip. You need the eggs to loose more moisture so they have room to breath, and so you don't have a "sticky hatch". Run a dehumidifier if need be. As soon as you see a pip, get the humidity up fast for hatching, use hot water and a sponge/washcloth to get it up fast. Hope this helps.
     
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  3. drewskimac

    drewskimac Songster

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    Venymae gave you some very helpful information about what to do. I will add that for your first time hatching, the air cell is not what what you should be the most concerned about. Yes, it is importsnt - but it’s more
    Important to have success with your first hatch & become confident, so don’t get too caught up on it this time around. Improper humidity/air cell size will decrease your hatch rate but it’s not likely that it will be so far off that it will kill every egg.
     
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  4. debsman

    debsman Chirping

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    Thank you for your reply.
    I had been running my h level at about 44% until day 12 then i pulled both red plugs and dropped it to about 32%.
    You think I should run dry?
    How about the growth rate of the chicks?
     
  5. debsman

    debsman Chirping

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    By the way Im incubating 13 Lavender Orpington eggs and 2 Lohmann Browns that were bred to my buff/rir cross rooster. The hens were rescued battery hens and are getting quite old. Probably 4 or 5 yrs old as is the rooster. Out of 12 eggs only 4 were deemed fertile on day 7 but only 2 were showing signs of growth. Out of 15 lavender eggs only 2 has been discarded so far. Cant wait to see how many hatch. Im already plotting the next clutch lol.
    These are all from my hens not shipped.
     
  6. drewskimac

    drewskimac Songster

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    That’s awesome that you’re trying and excited about incubating! Have you researched the ‘dry incubation’ method? Honestly the way you do it is greatly impacted on your climate, trial & error, and what works best for you.
     
  7. debsman

    debsman Chirping

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    Thanks everybody . I have reduced humidity to 24%.
    Is this good in your opinion?
    Keep the advice coming yall.
     
  8. debsman

    debsman Chirping

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    Im researching now thanks
     

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