Chicken eggs set 6th of march, locked down today!! Exciting! Anybody else?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MelD89, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. MelD89

    MelD89 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi fellow chicken lovers!! I'm miles away in Australia and this is my first incubating and in a new fully automatic incubator :)
    I got a mixed dozen ordered online (arriving in the mail) a combination of silkies, Sussex, plymouth rock (pretty much every breed i can think of). And I also have a dozen light Sussex from a local friend.
    I went into lockdown today on day 18 and took the automatic turner racks out and laid all 24 eggs down on their sides. I had to eggs wiggling around as I lay them down :)
    How's everybody else progressing??? Keen to talk with others as I'm very new to this. I have the temp set at 37.5 degrees Celsius and 65% humidity. Sound about right??

    Talk soon
    Mel
     
  2. redhen689

    redhen689 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very good! How exciting! :)
    I can't wait for an update. [​IMG]
     
  3. buzzard chick

    buzzard chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got 8 Lavander Orps. and 2 mille cochins on lockdown today. Good Luck with your hatch!
     
  4. gatorridgechics

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    I set 30 (mixed) RR on3\6 we are supposed to go into lock down tonight. I've candled one to two times a week. I can clearly see the air sac in each egg, and a "shadow". But no details or movement. The eggs are very Brown. Is this normal to not see detail or movement? I am so nervous. this is my first hatch ever. I feel like I did when I was pregnant....I have 30 little lives depending on me to do this right!!! Needless to say I am a wreck, and this wasn't even my idea. My DH is the one who showed up one day with our 3 Bantams. I was the one who said "oh no! this is your thing chicken man'.
    Look at me now, I am so in love. To top my nerves off, someone in the house added 4 eggs from our Bantams with out me looking. They are due Easter! Or around there.....
    All I can say now is AAAAAHHHHH!!!! I love reading y'alls posts and hearing of the sucess, however it makes me even more manic. Send some happy thoughts our way, and good luck to y'all!

    Should I see movement in the egg? I can see a dark shadow "move" when I move the egg, but it is not moving on its own.
     
  5. MelD89

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    Well good morning everybody and thanks so much for th rePlies! It's great to have others here with me :) so its the 19th day for me today and no movement or excitement to post thus far :( its so nerve racking and i can't stop looking in the incubator! I'm going crazy haha. My incubator only has 4 like port hole windows to see in the top so of course I'm wishing I had a completely clear lid :( I think the hardest part is not being allowed to open the lid lol.does anybody have any progress updates???
    Talk soon
    Mel
     
  6. MelD89

    MelD89 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ps I think it's normal not to see any movement in the egg at this stage as they r so crowded inside the egg :)
     
  7. gatorridgechics

    gatorridgechics Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't lock down till 8pm central standard time. I am going to candle one more time tonight. The only excitement I have to report is about my 4 little bantam eggs. They were snuck in on me. I did candle one today and saw the veining. These 4 are from our own small flock. So they are really REALLY special. lol I am so nervous. I literaly can not get anything done. What kind of incuator are you using? And how are you measuring humidity?
     
  8. MelD89

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    So from what I can see (which is very limited with just four small view holes) I have two eggs that I can see wiggling a little :) how long do you guys thInk it will take for them to hatch now that I can see them wiggling? Or does that not really make any difference? Some of the mixed dozen I asked to be silkies (the fluffy ones? Is silkies the correct term?) I have read online that sometimes they can hatch early?
    In response to your question I am running a fully automatic incubator I bought online, it doesn't actually say what brand it is but says 'type JN8-48'? And it has a built in auto temp n humidity screen.
    It's 12:37pm on Sunday the 25th of march here in Australia so it's lunchtime :)
    Any word or news on anybody else's hatchlings??
     
  9. MelD89

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    Also is anybOdy else totally confused when looking on the Internet for answers on temperature and humidity? I currently have my temp for day 19 set at 37.5 degrees celcius and approx 62% humidity. Does that sound ok for the last three days? The first 18 days I had it set at 37.7 degrees celcius and about 55% humidity. All 24 remaining eggs had moving chicks inside when I last candled them at day 17. Sorry about all the questions it's just so nerve racking to get this far along and then lose them would be awful
     
  10. gatorridgechics

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    Your around 18 hours ahead of me. I just got done candeling one last time before lockdown. I still don't see any movement, but from most of the answers I have gotten that is normal with the darker shells. My bantams look really good, I am just keeping my fingers crossed for the other 29. I took several pics when I candeled and will try to upload them later. For now I am going to sleep and try to not dream of chickens all night. The other night I drempt I hatched a puppy! Your temps and humidity sounds right to me as that is what I have read as well. Good luck!!!
     

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