Confused on last three days of incubating...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by goatkeepers, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Mooresville, NC
    Allright, y'all are gonna laugh, but I am having a complete "blonde" moment!! I am on day 16 today and pretty soon it will be time to remove the turner, crank up the humidity and sit on my hands. [​IMG] But...
    If you;re supposed to do that the last 3 days of incubation, do you start on day 19? Cause then you have 3 days, right? 19, 20 and 21. But I always hear everyone starting on day 18. But that would be 4 days. Unless you don't count day 21? Since that's hatch day? Oh, I am so confused! Please help! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I move mine either late on day 18 or sometimes it doesn't get done until day 19 if I forget or don't have time.
  3. donnap1967

    donnap1967 Songster

    Mar 15, 2008
    Northern NJ
    I stopped turning and upped the humidity at the end of Day 18. You could do it at the end of 18 or beginning of Day 19. Not a make or break deal, either way is fine.
  4. Hey goatkeepers, Monday is my Day 18 too! What are you hatching?

    I'm planning to move mine to the hatcher on Monday evening (assuming I get it done in time) otherwise I'll just adjust the 'bator monday night.

    Good luck!
  5. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Day 18 to 19 is one.

    Day 19 to 20 is two.

    Day 20 to 21 is three.

    Are you a natural blonde, or do you dye your hair?

  6. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Mooresville, NC
    [​IMG] Neither. I'm a brunette. [​IMG]
    Ok, I'm just having the "anxious first time hatching mom" attack. .. Thanks for clarifying.

    Dawn, I am hatching Blue Laced Red Wyandottes. [​IMG] What about you? That will be exciting, we can keep each other sane. *lol* I have nine in the bator, I think one didn't develop though. Will candle one more time on monday.
  7. Quote:This is my first hatch, and we've got 13 Orpington eggs in there. We started with 27 eggs and after Day 14 of taking a look, we found 3 quitters (which I verified after cracking) and the rest were infertile or otherwise abused during transit as they never developed, at least to my ameteur eyes.

    I'm off to Walmart right now to pick up some brooder supplies, got my chick starter yesterday. I'm also expecting a box of 8 on Wednesday to arrive via post. So we'll have a full brooder!
  8. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Mooresville, NC
    Wow, no kidding!!
    I just bought the non slip lining stuff at Wal Mart yesterday, to line the bator with. I need to clean the brooder today.
    I think that stuff will be a good investment since it will
    A. keep their feet from getting stuck in the wire
    B. be easy to clean when the hatch is done (I'll prob. just throw it out)
    C. keep the eggs from rolling around
  9. Hey!
    I thought about the no slip liner, I've used it for years on other things, but I ended up purchasing a 5 pack of flour sacks & another pack of utility wash cloths instead. I like the bleachability of the cloth and the fact that it's so useful just about anywhere.

    Pine chips, check
    Brooder blanky, check
    hatcher blanky, check
    chick starter, check
    extra long chick feeder, check (my old sm one sits in the chix tractor now)
    extra waterer, check

    Brooder ready? ALMOST! I'm fixing up a piece of trash to treasure hubby brought home from the dump, a little more hot glue today and it'll be ALL ready... I'm taking pics of the progress of course [​IMG]

    I'm excited & nervous like a new mum. Since it's my first hatch, I'm not expecting great results but I sure am hoping!
  10. I put my rubber liner in the washing machine with bleach after each hatch. Then just hang it up to dry. Works like a charm..

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