Day 15...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TammyD, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. TammyD

    TammyD Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, gang, I'm on day 15 & haven't candled. It's too cold in that room (OLD windows - new ones ordred but had to put towels in the sills yesterday to keep the doggone wind out of my sewing room - doesn't everyone keep incubating eggs in their sewing room? [​IMG] ) & I'm afraid the temp difference wouldn't be good for them. Also afraid I'll drop them in the process. Have 15 cuckoo maran eggs in there. Wonder how many (if any) will hatch?

    My temps have been as low as 99 & as high as 104.2 ambient temp (never did find a water weasel) but have been mostly ~102. Humidity has been in the mid 50%-mid 70% range. As high as 76% once & as low as 19% once.

    So, do I stop turning at the beginning of day 18 or at the end of day 18? I know that they should start to pip on day 21 (-/+). I've never hatched a chick before, got birds @ the feed store that were over a week old. I've ordered "Quick Chick" & Grow Gel" from McMurray Hatchery to have on hand (assuming it gets here in time). Can someone give me a checklist of what to do once the chick is out of it's egg? When do I move it to the cage? Do I dip it's beak into plain water when I get it there? Do I offer food from the very first? Do I need chick grit from the very first, too? What's the optimum temp to have my little cage at? Temp in the laundry room is pretty constant, so hopefully, maintaining a good temp in the cage will be fairly easy.

    I'm going to set up a wire cage in the laundry room w/a heat lamp on top (I used a white lamp & a red lamp on timers to simulate day/night before), wrap the walls w/cardboard to keep out the draft, lay fine shavings on the floor over newspaper (makes it easier to clean by just rolling up the whole dirty thing & laying fresh), put in my water & food & hope they do ok. Cats & dogs don't go down there & haven't seen any sign of rodents larger than a small mouse (which the dogs caught, not the cats [​IMG] ).

    Any help/suggestions/info will be greatly appreciated. It's only 52` outside right now with a stiff cold breeze. Temps aren't going up significantly til sometime next May. When can I safely put my chicks in the barn? I'm going to be using a large-dog house w/a lift-up lid inside a stall in my horse barn for their winter quarters. I'll have to put chicken wire or hardware cloth over the tops (keep out the barn cats) & wherever a cat or possum or whatever can even think of squeezing thru. No fear of snakes in this weather. Haven't seen anything larger than a mouse in the barns, either, so don't think we have the larger version (God, I hope not! ick!).

    Anyway, any info will be greatly appreciated! TIA
    TammyD
    Waterman, IL
     
  2. PatNY

    PatNY Out Of The Brooder

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  3. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    I'm at day 16 and this is my first hatch as well.

    From what I have learned here, it doesn't matter whether you stop turning in AM or PM, just day 18.
    Once they hatch, leave 'em in the bator until they completely dry, maybe 24 hours. They don't need food or water at first since they can live on the absorbed yolk for up to 3 days.
    Once in the brooder, heat should be at 90 - 95, decrease by 5 every week until temp gets down to 70.
    Don't need chick grit for about a month, all they need is chick starter and fresh water 24/7. And yes, I would dip each beak in water at first and also sprinkle a little food on floor (whatever you're using) around feeder. It may take them a day or so to start eating and drinking, but that's because of absorbing the yolk.
    If, and when, you feed anything other than starter, they will need grit to help digest it.
    I personally wouldn't put them outside with those temps until at least a month old and I would also keep heat lamp on them until completely feathered out, maybe about 6 weeks.
    DO please be careful with the possibility of any kind of predators.
    Always prepare as if predators are there;
    Just as soon as you assume there aren't any, you'll be wiped out by them.
    If eggs seem slow to hatch, leave them until at least 23rd day.
    As i said, I'm on day 16 with my first hatch, but this is what I have learned from everyone else here.
    Good luck!
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2007
  4. TammyD

    TammyD Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info. I think I'll turn one last time on the a.m. of day 18. My stuff from McMurray came today so I'm set as far as food/water/supplement (spelling???) is concerned. I need to get my little cage set up on Monday. Day 21 is Halloween - maybe my treat will be fuzzy little cheeps [​IMG] .

    Has anyone weighed eggs when they're set & just before hatch? Wonder if they weigh any different? Just a thought...

    Thanks, again, for the info. I'm going to print it out & add it to my "folder" with the rest of the info I've gotten from this site.

    TammyD
     
  5. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    DH says if my chicks hatch on Halloween, they may be some
    "freaky looking creatures"

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I got my water weasel at Walmart for .88 they are in the junk toy isle (you know, little cheap toys) hanging on the rack in a net bag.
     
  7. TammyD

    TammyD Out Of The Brooder

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    next time I'm "in town" I'll try to find a weasel. figure it's too late in the game to worry about it too much now.

    I moved my incubator from the sewing room to the kitchen counter this morning. Checking the temps & turning the eggs was fine for the sewing room 'cause it was out of the way. I want to be able to SEE what's going on as they (hopefully) hatch & that means in the kitchen. DH opened my box from McMurray on Sat so maybe he won't be too surprised to see them on the counter this afternoon <g>. I ordered Quick Chick, Grow Gel & a book on game-bird plans & a video on raising game-birds. (we live on a farm & my son & I've been talking about trying game birds instead of him punching a clock @ the local hardware store or waiting tables @ the country club)

    I'm having issues stabilizing the incubator temps & now have THREE thermometers in there. I only hope that I didn't cook them during the incubation period because of faulty equipment. I borrowed this incubator from my daughter's old school science teacher. But, she didn't send thermometers or anything else so I bought a digital one w/an hygrometer @ petsmart in the lizard section. Now I have a regular small wall thermometer & a digital thermometer in there, too.

    My daughter said that her class had eggs hatch using this incubator but that most (all?) of them died w/in a day or two ("looked healthy for a couple of days but then they died"). I'm hoping for a hatch at all & then, if we don't handle the chicks as much as a classroom full of city kids, healthy hearty chicks afterwards. IF I do this again in the spring, I'll either make or buy myself a GOOD incubator with better heat regulator stuff (DH is a heating/A/C contractor, surely to goodness I'll be able to get good quality components).

    This is nerve wracking!

    TammyD
    Waterman, IL
     
  8. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Good luck with the hatch - I'm on day 8 with my bunch and it is driving me batty worrying about them!

    Hope you get a good hatch! [​IMG]
     

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