First chick from very first incubation experience!

countrygoddess

Songster
11 Years
Nov 16, 2008
850
46
178
Champlain Valley, Vermont
This is the very first time I've ever incubated eggs and I've been a nervous wreck for the last 3 weeks! These are shipped eggs (21 of them, 5 different breeds) and they all had terribly detached air cells. The postal service did them no favors; the box was mashed! No broken eggs, though.

I used a Hovabator Genesis 1588 and it did a great job holding 99.5 and 45-50% humidity. The hatcher is a used (and sanitized with a quat sanitizer) LG. I had to put sponges in to keep the humidity up at 65-70% and I am using a jar of water as a heat sink since I've had to add water and rewet the sponges every day.

The day of lockdown I saw two or three eggs rocking and starting yesterday (day 20) I could hear peeping coming from the incubator! Last night when I got home from the evening shift at the hospital, I went to check on everything and add water to the sponges and I noticed two eggs with pips: an Olive Egger and Welsummer. And the peeping could be heard across the room! :)

This morning (day 21) I had just gotten up when the peeping became loud and persistent. I rushed over to find a little Olive Egger chick! My husband said when he looked a half hour earlier, the pip was bigger but there wasn't much of a "zip" yet. That little bugger really wanted out!

There are 3 more eggs with pips at this point and the kids and I are so excited for more to emerge soon!



 
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Egg Yolk

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 25, 2013
98
5
31
Dayton, NV
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Those are my new additions I just hatched this week!
 
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countrygoddess

Songster
11 Years
Nov 16, 2008
850
46
178
Champlain Valley, Vermont
It is now about 14 hours since the first one hatched and my husband just reported to me (I'm at work and he just got back from geocaching and then dinner with the kids and his parents) that there are 6 in the incubator! A second one had hatched just minutes before we all had to leave the house this afternoon, 6 hours after the first one hatched.
 

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