Enjoy by Oct. 24...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dread Pirate Roberts, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
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    This is my second time with the Trader Joe's eggs. Here we go...

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    Warming up to room temp...

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    Initial weigh-in...

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    Into the 'bator...

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    I realized the next day that one of the three dozens I'd bought was a week older than the rest, so I went back and bought another. With only six extra spaces available, I kept the "Even Stevens" from the older batch and tossed the rest.

    I want them to lose 12-14% of their weight by Day 18, so I manipulate the relative humidity accordingly. In the past, I've come close to 12% by using 30-35% RH and letting it drop to 25% for a while before bringing it back up to 30-35.

    Day 10: Candling and second weigh-in...

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    17 are developing. Not bad for week-old grocery store eggs.

    They're losing weight too rapidly though. The last time I hatched Trader Joe's eggs, they had lost an average of 5.4% by Day 10. This time, they've already lost 9.3%. I need to boost the humidity in order to put the brakes on the weight loss. Maybe I let the humidity drop for too long (a few times) before adding water. Whatever the case, I probably should start weighing the eggs every three days or so to keep a closer eye on the weight loss.

    An extra water dish increased the RH to 40%...

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    Day 15 weigh-in...average weight loss is now 11.7%. Now I really need to drastically slow the weight loss over the next three days.

    A couple more water dishes bring the RH up to 45%...

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    (one of the eggs has quit on me)

    Day 18: Final weigh-in and candling/set-up for hatch...

    Average weight loss of the 16 eggs is 14.15%. This is more than I've ever had, but only slightly above the ideal range, so I'm hoping for a good hatch.

    They're now out of the turning rack, sitting in cartons at 60% RH...

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  2. Laney

    Laney Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am really watching this one because I know my Whole Foods sells Mottled Java eggs!!!

    Laney
     
  3. Coopa Cabana

    Coopa Cabana My Coop Runneth Over . . .

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    Great Thread with Great Pics - Very Informative!!! Thanx! I'll be watching! Keep the pics coming! Happy Hatching!
     
  4. Harrietsmum

    Harrietsmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. peeppeeppeep

    peeppeeppeep Out Of The Brooder

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    So exciting! I can hardly wait to see what happens.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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  7. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
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    1st pip at 9 PM tonight, Oct. 22
     
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    Harrietsmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    NorCal
    Quote:Have you ever checked the eggs to confirm they're fertile?

    I think I've read on here that somebody had checked and did not find any that were truly fertile from Whole Foods.
     
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  10. thespinningcottage

    thespinningcottage Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so jealous! There's NOTHING like a Trader Joe's in or around Arcadia. Can't wait to see what you get!
     

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