Eggs set on 2/11! Who needs a hatch buddy?

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by jphendrix, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. jphendrix

    jphendrix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set Blue and Black Copper Maran and Barred Rock eggs Feb. 11th Hatch day is March 4th. I am so excited! Anybody want to to be hatch buddies? [​IMG] I am using a LG still air with auto turner.
     
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  2. alaskanchickens

    alaskanchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set 12 Welsummers and 13 Black Copper Marans today! I'm a few days behind you but I think everyone is getting pretty tired of me talking about them! I am using a HovaBator with a fan and no turner :( But because they're shipped I don't have to mess with them for a few days!
     
  3. jphendrix

    jphendrix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just changed the dates on this thread, don't know why I said the 10th when it's the 11th. Happy to have you! :) I checked a few eggs earlier today and saw some veining, but I got scared later, checked the temp and it was up to 104! It wasn't high very long before I noticed it. I don't think the room that I have it in is a good one, gets really hot during the day for some reason.
    I am so excited for our soon to be babies! I hatched 2 batches last year and had a pretty good success rate!
    I have never hatched shipped eggs, they kinda worry me LOL!
     
  4. alaskanchickens

    alaskanchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm very worried about ours! I put 4 of our own Buff Orp eggs in for reference but can only see through the Wels and 2 of the BCM's. I'm glad I got the chocolate eggs but they're making my first hatch very stressful! I don't know how well I will be able to see developing and the fact their shipped is making things worse. About half had detached air cells so they are all in cartons in the incubator. My temps are holding steady at 99.6-100.8 but humidity is going to be a struggle throughout this hatch. I'm having to add water twice a day to keep it 22-27%. Tuesday I start tilting mine then candle on Friday!
     
  5. alaskanchickens

    alaskanchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. jphendrix

    jphendrix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those dark eggs are really hard too see in. The Maran eggs have I have in my incubator are so dark the only thing I could tell in them is that I think 2 are clear and the rest have something going on because they have darker areas. So when you candle them you probably won't see veining but you can at least tell if they are firtile or not hopefully. Humidity isn't really an issue with me I am in SE GA but the room my incubator is in changes temp throughout the day and night. During the day it will get up to 102 and at night down to 99. I hope it doesn't effect my hatch. Let me know how your candling goes.
     
  7. alaskanchickens

    alaskanchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's really hard to believe I'm only on day 3! I'm a stay at home mom and homeschool and am always here, think I need to plan outings the next few days or I may go insane! I find myself up stairs checking them every 1-2 hrs. Don't know if its because it's my first time hatching or what, it's not like going upstairs 20 x's a day is going to make them grow any faster or make the time go by any faster! Will you be leaving your questionable eggs in and check again in a few days?
     
  8. ChickInNanaimo

    ChickInNanaimo New Egg

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    Hi there. I set my first eggs (26 buff orps) on Feb 10 too. I'm using a hovabator, purchased used, and keeping it at 37.7 deg Celsius (that's what we use up here in Canada) and 44% humidity. I turn three times a day. I really feel like I have no idea what is going to happen. I tried candling last night (at 7 days) and I thought I saw something in some of the eggs but nothing in others. What I am seeing doesn't look much like any of the candling photos I have pored over online. In some of the eggs I saw dark spots that swung around wildly when I slowly rotated the egg. In others I saw only a darker area which shifted when I turned it. In one I saw a clear "blood ring" which I think is supposed to be bad. I just keep incubating and hoping. It really is a guessing game....kinda like pregnancy.
     
  9. jphendrix

    jphendrix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know exactly how you feel! I did the same thing when I started last year. I am also a stay at home mom. I still go check them all the time, but not nearly as muchh as I did last year. It is so hard to not check on them. 3 weeks seems like forever lol! Yes early on I leave them in there after candling. I will usually leave them in there until at least day 14 sometimes up until lockdown if I'm not sure.
     
  10. jphendrix

    jphendrix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome! Another buddy LOL! Yes a blood ring is bad, that means it started to develop and then quit. With this being my 3rd hatch and am still really new at it and leave those in there just in case I am mistaken. By lockdown you will know for sure which ones are still developing and which ones aren't it's hard to tell early on. The type of flashlight you use makes a difference to. The brighter the light the easier it will be to see inside when you candle! I am going to candle all of mine tonight. Good luck to us all!!!!!
     

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