DRYHATCH SUCCESSFUL!!! Look what it brought me :)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Germaine_11.20, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Whoo Hoo! Well I have been tweaking my dry hatch incubation and it worked excellent. At least I think so.

    Here are pics of the gorgeous Blue Laced Red Wyandottes from JanieMarie. Oh my gosh if mine can grow up to be half as nice as hers...
    I had 9 out of the 10 hatch! They are chunks.








    And here are the Marans and Javas that were their hatching buddies. 9 out of 12 Marans hatched and both Java eggs.


  2. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Texas
    What lovely and adorable chicks! Too cute! Well done and Congratulations!
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  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Congrats on the adorable babies!
  4. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Thank you MaggieRae and Writer of words! I have to give credit to JanieMarie. She was kind enough to let me test hatch and I think I did her proud. 9 out of 10! But they were her eggs and someday I will have beautiful hens and Roos now too.
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  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    They are so adorable, Germaine! Congratulations!
  6. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Thank you Cynthia! I am going to take pics of your little chunkers tomorrow. I was going to today but then a few family emergencies came my way.

    They are feathering out so nice and they are so very sweet. Truly the sweetest chicks I have ever had.
  7. ParadisePoultry

    ParadisePoultry Hey, I'm WALKIN' here !

    Oct 19, 2009
    Paradise (Braham), Mn
    Just out of curiosity, what temps and humidity did you run on your dry hatch? Circulated or fan?

    Thanks, BTW, those lil sweeties are ADORABLE. sorry for shouting, but they are.

  8. cook_kaka_ook

    cook_kaka_ook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2009
    They all look adorable. Way to go, Congratulations!!!
  9. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
    You don't need that many. If I leave now I can be there in a day or two tops and take them off your hands. I had such bad luck with my BLRW hatch. Only one little guy made it and he is not doing well. I am going to try to find a started bird to buy.

  10. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Quote:My incubator was about 99.8-100.2 Got lucky with that one. They can be tricky to configure. I started the humidity at 40% and then let it dry down to about 25. Many times I would wake up to 21. I would syringe a little water in there (never on the eggs) and wait about an hour. It usually ran about 40. Sometimes as high as 56. I would always let it dry back down low before adding more water. I always left the red plug out for good oxygen levels.
    It was too difficult to keep the room humidity about 50% because it runs dry out here. Average 30% in room.
    On day 18 I went on lockdown and changed to the hatcher (about 100.8) I used sponges in there and would put more water as needed through tubing inserted into the vent. I kept it at 83 for most of the time. I had Marans in there and they have such hard shells.
    I also turned the red plug upside down and covered most of the vent hole with it so the humidity didn't go haywire.

    If I could change one thing it would be to have seperate hatchers for each egg breed. The ones needing higher humidity like Marans and those with thinner shells who don't need as much.

    I had to help a few out, and did have one sticky chick although it was only stuck a tiny bit to its thigh (It still couldn't zip right like that)

    But 9 out of 10 BLRW pipped so that is a thumbs up for dry hatching and the chicks not "drowning" 9 out of 12 Marans too. And the 2 Javas. I only lost 3 eggs out of 24.

    Not sure if one of the Marans will make it. It is small and weak. But it pipped!

    Hope this helps. Oh I forgot to say it is circulated. A genesis
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