Am I in trouble?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Shared Acres, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    Ok, I have 21 eggs in the incubator. I dated all of them except about 5 of them which say "TS" for tropical storm--which is when I got them.

    Originally, I let the hen sit on them, but she wasn't doing a very good job and only 2 out of 10 of those survived (still in eggs).

    BUT, this is my first time with eggs and I have them all in the incubator. I have been candling and they are all at different stages. All are moving and seem healthy.

    People say to stop turning them like 3 days before they are supposed to hatch, but what if I'm not for certain when they are supposed to hatch? UGH!

    And the directions say not to open the incubator until 2 days after they hatch--but, if I have one hatching every day, will I hurt them in any way opening it up?

    Yikes, I hope this goes ok!
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    bump up...good luck..Wendy
  3. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    I would turn them all just to be safe. The momma hen doesn't stop 3 days before!
    Whenever I have a staggered hatch like yours I keep a spray bottle of water handy.
    Each time I open to remove a chick or check them I lightly mist interior... works for me...
  4. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    Great, thanks!

    I just ordered some silky showgirls, I think I'm going to TRY and take pics of every day candling to watch their progress! And who knows might help pinpoint what stage an egg is in for future batches!
  5. thepetpaw

    thepetpaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2008
    I will pray that none of the tropical storms/hurricanes hit you guys....Hanna, Ike, and Josephine. My parents live in s. Florida and it is horrible that there are 3 out there right now!

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