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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chittyn, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi,


    I bought a brinsea mini eco incubator and also bought some fertilized Rhode island red chicken eggs from ebay .they came within two days of posting and were well packaged I did not however leave them to settle for 24 hours only around 6, will this effect my hatch rate and if so how many chicks can i expect from half a dozen eggs in these circumstances?

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  2. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    with shipped eggs you can have anywhere from a 0% - 100% hatch regardless of what/how you do things. I usually put eggs straight to the bator this time of year if they have been shipped. I dont know what temps they have been in but incubation could have started. I wouldnt to worry about your settling time. There is no way for anyone to guess the hatch rate of any eggs. I set 97 my first hatch and was hoping for 5 live chicks. I ended up with something like 23. Just remember dont count your chicks til they hatch.
     
  3. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks the eggs are at a constatnt temp of 37degrees and humidty levels 50-60% i do hope some hatch !
    another quick thing one of the eggs has the slightest of dents in it but it hasnt gone through the shell should it be ok ?
     
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  4. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just hatched my first shipped ebay eggs, a week ago and got 14 out of 20. I surely understand the stress you are going thru. I use 99.5 F for bottom of egg temp. Not sure the equivalent in C. Hope you have an awesome hatch! Remember to take lots of deep breaths! [​IMG] And welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  5. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks a lot as a first time hatcher it is quite streseful ! i think the most annoying thing is the thought they might not hatch [​IMG].
     
  6. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    appreciate all the help when i candle the eggs in 4 days time can i use any light ? Could the light damage the embryo what signs should i expect in the egg?
     
  8. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just use a small pocket LED torch, LED gives off less heat than normal bulbs but candling with any torch won't damage the embryo as you are holding it against the egg for such a short time. Some people put the torch in one end of a toilet roll tube and rest the egg on the other end but I just wrap my hand around the end of the torch and the egg.
    At 4 days, its still hard to see but you should just see a small red or dark spot with a few veins radiating out from it all around it. [​IMG]
     
  10. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks really helpful im too impatient im sure you will understand [​IMG] !
     

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