Can someone explain the cooling and misting of Goose eggs in incubation?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by r4eboxer, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. r4eboxer

    r4eboxer Crooked Creek Poultry

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    I have just set 4 Pilgrim Goose eggs in my bator. I have followed Pete's guide so far. I washed, weighed and marked the eggs. I turned of my auto turner so they are still for 24 hrs. I have been reading his guide and I'm not sure what he means by cooling and misting the eggs for 5-10 minutes.

    I am assuming he means taking them out of the bator allow them to cool to room temp and then mist them for 5 min?

    One more question, I am thinking about setting up to 5 more eggs as my girls lay them (I can only fit 9 eggs in my bator) Do you think this would cause any problems?
     
  2. psue

    psue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    misting and cooling does mean to remove them. Mist them as soon as they come out of the bator then put them back when the time is up. I'm not sure about setting multi hatches in such a small space, maybe someone else can help you with that.
     
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  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Where can I find Pete's guide?

    ETA: I found it. I was already subscribed.
     
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  4. r4eboxer

    r4eboxer Crooked Creek Poultry

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    It's in the sticky at the top of the Goose forum. I think it is the first post, it is not made by Pete but someone linked Petes guide in that first post.
     
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    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Thank you.
     
  6. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just read that tonight...what a big help!
     
  7. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All. Just to clarify things I thought I'd try to explain a little more. We believe in cooling eggs for a higher sucess rate and believe it helps to increase the rate of moisture loss from the egg as it 'contracts' during cooling. The cooling can be enhanced further by a light mist of water onto the shell and left to evaporate.

    The cooling appears to benefit the egg in three key way;

    • Increased rate of water molecule loss which helps to achieve an overall 16% weight loss.

    • Increased rate of gas molecule exchange including carbon dioxide loss.

    • Loss of excess heat from larger embryos as their metabolic rate increases with growth

    To help clarify I would recommend the following programme;

    From Week 2 - cool for 10 minutes daily
    From Week 3 - cool for 15 minutes daily
    For Week 4 - cool for 20 minutes daily

    Eggs can either be removed from the incubator for individual cooling or the incubated opened and turned off for single batches. We lighlty spray the eggs at the beginning of the cooling period.

    Pete [​IMG]
     
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  8. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pete,
    is that just for larger eggs like geese? Or is it the same cooling time for ducks as well?
     
  9. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi -I use it for all our eggs, even the parrots [​IMG]
     
  10. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok,Thanks!
     

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