Eggs in the Homemade Incubator - 1st attempt failed, 2nd attempt

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by familyman888, May 28, 2010.

  1. familyman888

    familyman888 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok my first attempt didn't work. I have a still-air syrofoam incubator.

    I cracked open the eggs in the first batch and several had baby chicks and some full grown chicks that never hatched out. I let it go probably 27 days.

    So, I've let the eggs build in the coop, and pulled them out today. The oldest eggs are probably 3 days old.

    Now, I am going to mark them, and take pictures. Be back soon.
     
  2. SAORSA

    SAORSA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Central California !

    So ... what are you hatching ?
     
  3. SportChick

    SportChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am on day #2. If you put yours in today then we can be hatching buddies. My hatch day should be June 16 if my eggs have been reading their instruction manual! I have 11 Black Copper Marans and 8 Barred Rocks. All shipped eggs. And to make it more interesting, this is my first attempt at hatching, and my first try at having chickens at all. Aaaand, it is against my city ordinance (but lots of people do it). I have a still air LG incubator. Am very interested to hear how your temps are doing and what you decided to do with your humidity.

    What are you hatching? What happened with your last hatch?
     
  4. familyman888

    familyman888 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the warm welcome SAORSA [​IMG]

    Not to sure on my breed. I saw the name earlier but I forgot it.

    SportChick - Sweet! Hatching buddies sounds great. Mine went in the bator around noon today. I'm not exactly sure what happened my last batch, I really thought I done good. If anything, it may have gotten too hot, but I'm speculating.


    Here's some pics.

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  5. familyman888

    familyman888 Out Of The Brooder

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    Right now temps are at 101F and 60%rH
     
  6. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

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    You may have had Humidity problems, that's what it sounds like to me anyway. I use the same Thermometer/Hygrometer as you, and I was having issues with chicks fully forming but not hatching, so I calibrated my Hygrometer and found that one was off by 12% and the other by 10%, so I had too much humidity. Like right now mine reads 45%, but since it's off by 12% it's actually 57%.
     
  7. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

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    Quote:That Humidity is high in my opinion. I use 45% humidity the first 18days, then up it to 65% at lock down.
     
  8. xyresicchick

    xyresicchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes i would say its a humidty issue as well, i have only hatched once, but i lost 4 chicks out of 13 to bloating in their eggs with high humidity. i had to help several others out of their eggs because their heads were too big to pip and zip.
     
  9. familyman888

    familyman888 Out Of The Brooder

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    sweet, now I know!

    I will make humidity adjustments..

    How do I calibrate my $hi+?

    And what type of chickens do I have?

    Thanks!
     
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  10. SAORSA

    SAORSA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they are New Hampshire chickens, does that sound right ? [​IMG]

    Beautiful eggs by the way.

    Thanks for the pictures. [​IMG]
     

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