day 20! I think my head is going to POP!!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by midget_farms, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    OMG - I should not be this excited -

    I have a huge home made incubator - that has been cooking away for 20 days!

    So the humidity has been 40-45% the entire time.

    I try to bump it up for lock down & it drops! 30-35% now!!! What?

    So I open it up this morning & add a jar of water with a wash cloth & add a styrofoam egg carton full of water.

    That brings it up to 49% (at least temporarily)

    So about 20-30 minutes after I add the water I go check to see that the humidity is good & I FIND A PIP!!!!!

    OMG - its day 20 - I didn't expect any of these until tomorrow!

    Now I have the brooder warming up - I need to get some chick starter feed - but we got 2 ft of snow yesterday & there is no hope of getting out today.

    I have the waterers etc. Maybe I can just feed them layer for a day until I can get to town.

    I though I'd have until Friday!
     
  2. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    [​IMG] PICS!!!!
     
  3. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    It doesn't show up very well - but just to the right of the zero is a small set of cracks. Its easy to see with the eye.

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  4. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    now I have several pips. [​IMG]

    happening fast!
     
  5. funnybirds

    funnybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So exciting!! And in your own home made incubator too... AWESOME!!!!!!
    More updates please!
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  6. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep - I see it - that's awesome. I had my first pip around 9pm last Friday night (the eggs weren't "due" to hatch until 5pm Sunday). By the time I went to bed I had 3 pips and I woke up Sat morning to a hatched chick. Oops - guess my temps were a little high. If you are on day 20, it could still be day 21 until you have a hatch and then they can go three days without eating so you still have a little time to get the chick starter and brooder set up. Congrats!
     
  7. SuziQ991

    SuziQ991 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How exciting!!! Remember they can go 3 days without food after adsorbing the yolk, so you should be ok. And we need to see pics of the fluffy butts too!!
     
  8. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    I usually just ignore the incubator - thats the only way I can keep from obsessing over it. It is well built & does its thing with out me needing to fuss with it.

    Now I'm stuck to the window - I just saw one of my welsummer eggs rock - it hasn't piped yet - those things were expensive (compared to the others) all my eggs were shipped thanks to a coyote who ate my rooster over x-mas.

    This is cool! They are all still in paper cartons with the bottoms cut out. I have not seen them move before.

    I am not going to get any work done today.
     
  9. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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  10. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    I have 48 eggs - I started with 58 but culled 10 after candling - of which 3 were good : (

    So from that point on I decided to just leave them all alone - didn't candle again or anything.

    Of the 48 - I thought 1 or 2 were suspect - but didn't cull them because they were welsummers & the egg was too dark to see into very well.

    In any case - I just heard someone chirping!

    But no more pips in the last hour.
     

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