Did I almost ever mess up!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gessieviolet, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. When I found this forum I first decided I'd just get a couple of bantam to raise to see what chicks are like, despite the fact that I live in town. 14 bantams arrive from Ideal right around Thanksgiving. Kept reading the post here and decided to build an incubator, "just to see if I could." I'll wait to spring to hatch anything, right? NO! just to test my new homemade incubator, think I"ll try to hatch a few button quail--first batch of eggs the thermostat went haywire and I had to discard them. Pretty down with the whole process but got another batch of eggs after I reworked the thermo. Saturday evening Dec 17 6:30 pm I put them in and started my countdown. Again I had problems with temp spikes but this time I let them stay in incubator since I had nothing else in mind. According to my calculation they should hatch Jan 2--which came and went. Yesterday morning I happen to walk by the incu and notice the temp reading of 103 so without looking I just turned the thing off and walked out. About an hour later my wife woke me up YELLING "you've got a baby!!"
    Sure enough there in that 70 degree incubator lay one teeny-tiny quail chick almost not moving!! Plugged bator in and as it warmed so did the chick!! 2:20 am today I have 7 total and more coming.

    Just a side bar on this. We needed this assurance that life continues in our family yesterday. My 12 year old grandson was accidentally shot by his father the day after Christmas and there is no hope for recovery, we're just waiting. Small, seemingly insignificant, things like tiny eggs coming to life do so much to comfort at times like this.
  2. SugarLandChickenMan

    SugarLandChickenMan Chirping

    Dec 4, 2007
    Great experience. Gives me some hope that 1st timers like myself will have a chance of not totally mucking it up either! Good work and well done!
  3. Tsagirl

    Tsagirl Songster

    Dec 9, 2007
    I am sorry but I cried when I read your post. Not only about eggs and hatching but about life.!!
    My wishes and hopes are with your grandson...
    I hope that he recovers and the doctors are wrong, because sometimes they are.
    Lots of love your way

  4. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Songster

    What a terrible accident for your family to experience. I'm so sorry to read this terrible news. May God bless you all at this time.
  5. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho
    I am so sorry I wish there was something I could do to ease the pain,our prayers go out to you and your family
  6. coloradochick

    coloradochick Songster

    Dec 19, 2007
    Brighton, CO
    Wow Gessie my heart is with you. I was excited for you when I started reading your post then I just sank. I hope your little babys are vibrant and healty. I guess we should all learn to never give up hope......
  7. echickenlove

    echickenlove In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2008
    Bella Vista AR
    I am so sorry to read the ending to that happy tale..perhaps there will be another happy ending also..my heart goes out to you...
  8. hoosierhen

    hoosierhen Songster

    Sep 26, 2007
    So sorry to hear about your Grandson. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and especially his father/your son? I can't imagine how he must be feeling.
  9. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    Sending Prayers to you & your Family and Saying a special Prayer that your grandson recovers. Congradulations on the quail.
  10. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    So sorry to hear about your grandson and my prayers go out to you and your family.
    Maybe the quail that finally hatched is God's message to you not to give up hope.

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