Christmas Hatch

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by StelleKitten, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. StelleKitten

    StelleKitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never hatched before and I got an incubator for my birthday present. I thought a Christmas hatch would be fun. Kind of like opening a bunch of gifts all at once.

    I'll be setting rhode island reds and one egg from hen that died in a dog attack. It may be too old but we will see.
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is the egg? While it's recommended to use eggs less than two weeks for incubation, older eggs have a good chance of hatching too. If the egg is less than three weeks old and fertile it will most likely hatch. Less than a month, odds are still good.
     
  3. StelleKitten

    StelleKitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's almost two weeks old. I've just started to the incubator without eggs so I can get the temp and humidity to level out first. Don't want to fry it. It might not be fertile. I had given the hen to some family, she was covered by my roo the day before and they had a roo too. But I'm not sure if it will be fertile, she had only been laying for about a week.
     
  4. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Almost two weeks is not too old. If there was a rooster with the hen a week or so before the egg was laid it should be fertile. First eggs are just as likely to be fertile as eggs laid later on.
     
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  5. ChickenCanoe

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  6. StelleKitten

    StelleKitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just as a side note. I'll actually be hatching about a week earlier it everything goes well. That one egg is more important to me than date. But you are more than welcome to wait a little longer. Mostly this is for my notes and it I get in trouble, some help.
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    [​IMG] I get that. If you have a valuable egg, get it in the incubator as soon as possible.
     
  8. StelleKitten

    StelleKitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Incubator holding steady. Adding eggs later this evening. Steady as in between 99.2 and 100.0
     
  9. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck.

    I'm hoping to have more serama eggs being incubated by the end of the weekend. But the natural way. If all goes the way it has in the past two of my hens will be broody by Sunday. With my last serama chicks, just one won't be culled. I'm hoping to have a little better luck this time. A nice rooster chick would be great; hens too of course.
     
  10. StelleKitten

    StelleKitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish you a lot of luck. Hopefully your little peeps week be happy and healthy. I started mine last night. Temp is hiding at 99.5 with less than a degree of variance. Humidity is at 25%. Which is where I want that. Trying to do a dry hatch. Hopefully it will work.
     

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