2015 HALLOWEEN Hatch-a-Long, Join us IF YOU DARE!

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Sally Sunshine, Sep 15, 2015.

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  1. Lynn Manes

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    Cute, cute, cute!!
     
  2. firedragon1982

    firedragon1982 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Got my eggs!! They are warming up to room temp as we speak.

    One box got pretty badly beaten up, and I was surprised when no eggs were broken. But I Wonder how many were scrambled. For the 12 I *ordered*, I rec'd 14. Then the second box was supposed to be 16 eggs. Got 22!! Husband is pretty upset by the numbers because he's certain half will hatch [​IMG]. I told him not likely.

    Edit: cuz braining is hard sometimes.
     
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  3. WVduckchick

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    Good luck! Did you candle to see how the air cells look?
     
  4. firedragon1982

    firedragon1982 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have not yet. I had to pause after unwrapping them because the dog had to go potty, and then my SIL came by for a visit, so I sat and chatted for a bit. Off to the dark bedroom to candle now!
     
  5. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    interesting

    YAY!!! and boo at the same time

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  6. firedragon1982

    firedragon1982 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    K. Official candling results: a lot of partially detatched/saddle air cells on all eggs. The brown eggs specifically: One was cracked. No fluids seeping, membrane not punctured so I put some clear nail polish on it... will have to get a yogurt cup to put it in. Don't know if i should just toss it now or try to see if it develops. One marans egg had a totally rolling air cell, but several had fairly stable air cells surprisingly, barely jiggly. [​IMG]
     
  7. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Personally I have not had good success incubating an egg that is cracked when set, especially if it is not in the air cell area. Cracks after the halfway point have a better chance of avoiding bacterial contamination if sealed quickly since there is less time to develop into a bomb. Be sure to sniff daily.
     
  8. firedragon1982

    firedragon1982 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you mean about "after the half way point"? I can take a pic of where the crack is. And it is towards the middle of egg, almost looks like it bumped another egg in the nest. I have it separated from the others right now so I know which is which.
     
  9. WalnutHill

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    Sorry, I just meant after 10 or more days of incubation.

    Eggs cracked anywhere but the air cell area have been problematic for me, especially once the chick starts growing and bouncing around. It can't hurt to TRY, just watch it carefully.
     
  10. TJChickens

    TJChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ughhh. That's why I send plenty of extras. Tell your husband you have to get more when they are shipped [​IMG] I hope you get a decent hatch! My personal preference for incubating shipped eggs is to put them right into the incubator (upright) but I don't turn on the turner until some veins have formed to help stabilize the air cell. It is important to let shipped eggs rest and settle, but I also worry about how much warmth they went through in transit and I don't want them getting any older than need be.
    Good luck! Keep us updated [​IMG]
     
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