First hatch from the new Dickey incubator!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Titanpaul726, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. Titanpaul726

    Titanpaul726 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I finally had my first hatch. I set 42 chicken eggs and hatched 30 chicks. I had 10 eggs that apparently weren't fertilized as there was no embryo development at all. I'm not sure about two of the eggs. I think I'm going to candle all 53 of the batch of eggs I put in yesterday, which brings up a question. Would keeping the eggs out of the incubator long enough to candle all 53 at once take too long? Or should I candle them in small batches, say 20 at a time?

    You guys were right when you said this was addicting!
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    You can do all of them at once. Broody hens take breaks, so a quick 5 minutes out of the incubator won't hurt things.
     
  3. Titanpaul726

    Titanpaul726 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Keesmom. I thought it would be OK but wanted to check with you guys.
     
  4. Titanpaul726

    Titanpaul726 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Got another 23 going into lock down tonight. I candled them all two days ago and they all appear to be viable.
     
  5. Titanpaul726

    Titanpaul726 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 21 has arrived. Woke up at 6 this morning and what do I find? 1 little chick has hatched and 4 more are starting to break through. Had to go to work so I don't know what's happening now. I need to retire!
     
  6. AClassicalLife

    AClassicalLife Out Of The Brooder

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    Very exciting!! I am thinking about getting a Dickeys. It would be my first incubator, though... Nervous.
     
  7. Titanpaul726

    Titanpaul726 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you will love it. It takes a little time for the initial set up, but once that is done, it's easy going.
     

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