Christmas Hatch

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

  1. generaldsherman

    generaldsherman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just filled my bator again, but its too soon for NYE HAL, so I'll join in here (besides there are too many random posts in the new years forum for my taste. ) I set a few rare eggs and 14 of papas poultry's Rainbow mix. I have 3 Isbar eggs (broke one while trying to put it in bator or it would've been 4), 2 cream legbars, one bielefelder, and a few marans eggs from Papas plus some that could be EE or legbar and random ones I can't tell. Should be fun to see what hatches,
     
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  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The two serama are brooding 14 eggs between them, but the frizzle hen went back to laying eggs after one day on the nest. Still hoping she will brood in time for a Christmas, or close to, hatch.
     
  3. StelleKitten

    StelleKitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That suck that you broke one, but that is the catch to eggs, tough and strong until they aren't. Then they are fragile and delicate little things. Sounds like your hatch should be gorgeous!
    Oooo. I can't wait to see little bitty fluffies!

    So did another candling to reinspect my iffy's. I threw 5 out. Including Sparky's and the one EE egg. All the rest are either Rhode Island red or Buff Orpington. Aussie I think will be a buff orpington. The egg shape looks like King's Goldie.

    All the rest of the eggs are lively and hopping around!!! I'm so very excited 18 chicks! And all of them have homes. I'm probably only going to keep 4 of this bunch for myself and the rest are going to a person who is starting their chicken keeping. I traded them off for 6 butchered rabbits. Rabbits due upon chick delivery. :) He wanted less than twenty but more than ten. Aiming for twelve.
     
  4. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck-may all 18 hatch.
     
  5. generaldsherman

    generaldsherman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I wanted to beat myself over the head. it had to be one of the Isbar eggs didn't it?

    Good luck on candling! My first candling is Friday.

    Found out more of my random eggs too: I have a few silkie/sizzle/frilkie (no clue which-all from same pen), some golden cuckoo marans, a bielefelder, some EEs, and more that I can't remember. Being shipped eggs, I'll be on pins and needles to see which varieties actually hatch out.
     
  6. Eliza1313

    Eliza1313 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stellekitten, saw your post in the Texas thread about temp. Are you using a still air or forced air incubator? Still air should be slightly higher (101.5 at top of eggs)

    I think my temp has been a bit low so they might hatch a little late.
     
  7. StelleKitten

    StelleKitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Forced air incubator. And I have two thermometers, the one that is the most accurate (according to testing and setting of temperatures) sits between the eggs on top of the turner.
     
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  8. Eliza1313

    Eliza1313 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like you've got things together better than I did to start. Bought the eggs to put under a broody, didn't go as planned. So did not test thermometers this go around. I have a still air, been aiming to keep temp reading at 99 on the less precise probe wrapped in a ziploc filled with water.
     
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  9. StelleKitten

    StelleKitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It should be okay. I think. I really hope it will be so that you can get all your little fuzzbutts.
     
  10. Eliza1313

    Eliza1313 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look to be developing ok, but this is my first try incubating too. So will just have to wait.

    Heading into "Day" 24 now (set them around 8 pm). Will stop turning the lone Mallard egg I have left in the morning since they can hatch earlier at Day 26.5. The rest will be turned for another day and a half. Since the ambient humidity has been so high here, I'm going to wait until the first one pips to raise the humidity level. Running the incubator dry and the lowest humidity reading I've had was 40%. Most of the time it has been higher.
     

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