Another 1st Timer

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by texas75563, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. texas75563

    texas75563 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Naturally since it is my 1st time incubating eggs, I'm not using my eggs. Actually I don't have any eggs. I wanted to get an incubator and get practice in before mine start laying.
    I asked my neighbor. He was more than happy to volunteer some eggs. He wanted to increase his hamburg numbers.
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    19 Hamburg eggs, he collected during week.
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    Eggs in the hovabator.

    My 1st time incubating, I have no questions. I do a lot more reading on here than posting. I'm a redneck not a know it all. But, I did graduate 6th grade twice. Just because I have no questions, doesn't mean I won't accept tips or suggestions. :)~

    20 and 3/4 days and counting.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Best of luck with your hatch!
     
  3. texas75563

    texas75563 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 7 = 15 good eggs. I have 4 that aren't showing signs of development. I'll candle just those 4 at day 10. All at day 14. Throw those 4 away if no sign of development.
     
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  5. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Okay, well, best of luck on your hatch!
     
  6. texas75563

    texas75563 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Candled those 4 eggs tonight and still no development. They are being culled.
     
  7. texas75563

    texas75563 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 14 = 14 good eggs. There is movement and the air cells look good in the 14 eggs. Egg # 10 quit on me. I am in no way counting chicks before they hatch. I'm happy with the results of where they are at this stage. 4 non fertile eggs and 1 quitter.

    I told my neighbor before we started: " 50% would be good, anything above that would be da mn good". I was taking into consideration me being a 1st timer and a thread I read on here. It was an older thread, but the average hatch rate for broody hens and incubators came out about the same. It was somewhere around 53 to 54%. Key word was average. You would get the rare 100%. You got the often disastrous 0%.
     
  8. texas75563

    texas75563 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Candled eggs when I removed them from turner. Remaining 14 still good. 3 are less developed than the rest. I'm guessing 3 or 4 days behind the others. Another 3 days for most and a week or so for those 3.
     
  9. melina90

    melina90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exciting! Good luck with the lockdown, hope all goes well and you have 14 balls of fluff soon. ;)

    My first hatches ended in disaster, one as my mom accidentally dropped the heating lamp onto the eggs (I didn't talk to her for weeks, lol), and the other because my incubator suddenly went nutjobs. Have ordered some new parts from the manufacturer now, and hopefully will have a fully functioning incubator by next week. In the meantime I'm tagging alon on everyone elses hatches ;)
     
  10. texas75563

    texas75563 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear about your bad luck! Wishing you the best of luck with future hatches. Thanks!

    I heard a surprising chirp about an hour ago. Tomorrow night is 21 days. I wasn't expecting that chirp today. I went and checked and there were 5 pips. The 1 chirp I heard had zipped out about 25 minutes later. It is the only 1 that has done anything other than initial pip.

    Back to waiting and watching.

    2 chicks out now and 5 more pips. 1 of those pips has made just the slightest bit of progress.

    7 chicks out now and 1 more pip.

    Wednesday
    1. 5:25pm
    2. 9:52pm
    Thursday
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    4. 01:40am
    5. 02:20am
    6. 08:46am
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    The 1st 7 chicks just taken out of incubator and going home with neighbor.

    Just heard chick chirp through its pip. It's an hour into day 21 now.
    8. 10:42pm

    Friday

    9. sometime between 2am and 7am

    That is it. If he hadn't thrown in that extra egg, I would of made 50%. Hey 1st try 47%, I've seen plenty do worse. Sure I hoped to have done better, we all do. I'll take it. Besides, I don't have a choice about it! :)

    Day 23 Egg Autopsy Report

    3 eggs I said were lagging behind: 1 was just a dark blob, other 2 were chicks still surrounded completely by fluid.

    2 eggs fully developed chicks that never pipped.
     
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