First Time Hatching Eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ourlittlehollow, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. Ourlittlehollow

    Ourlittlehollow Out Of The Brooder

    19
    1
    24
    Jan 3, 2016
    Bloomfield, Ontario
    Hey BYC,

    I wanted to start a new thread on our hatching eggs that way it would all be on one thread.
    We have 40 eggs, set to hatch in 6, 5 day intervals starting tomorrow. Chickens, then turkeys and chickens, then turkeys and chickens and ducks, then turkeys and ducks, then ducks, then turkeys and ducks.

    We heard peeping in our incubator this morning and the first egg actually "pipped" tonight.
    Hatching eggs is like sitting on pins and needles. I am so excited. I said i would have been happy if one egg hatched but its looking like all of them might hatch in the next 24 hours.

    I can't believe we did it right on my first try. I read so many stories about people loosing all the birds on the first hatch or only having one egg hatch. I received a lot of advice before incubating eggs and I have tried to apply all of it. I don't anticipate we will have 100% hatch every time, but I'll take this one as a big win if all hatch and are healthy. Feeling Blessed![​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. SFogg

    SFogg Just Hatched

    9
    2
    16
    Dec 30, 2015
    Can't wait to see how many you hatch on your first batch![​IMG]
     
  3. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

    35,624
    13,584
    676
    Dec 12, 2013
    Wyoming
  4. DuckyLuv4

    DuckyLuv4 New Egg

    3
    1
    9
    Dec 30, 2015
    Michigan
    I made my own incubator to try and hatch some ducklings. The fertile eggs came from the adults we have outside. We have 2 Pekin and one Rouen. We only had one successful hatching and that was after a couple tries and it was only one duckling. We named the little duckling Lucky. Lucky was born 12-29/15. [​IMG]
    Good luck I hope u have a very successful hatch :)
     
  5. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

    35,624
    13,584
    676
    Dec 12, 2013
    Wyoming
    Oh what a cutie [​IMG]
     
  6. Ourlittlehollow

    Ourlittlehollow Out Of The Brooder

    19
    1
    24
    Jan 3, 2016
    Bloomfield, Ontario
    What a cute little duckling!

    We reached a 75% hatch rate with our chicks. The first wave was only four eggs. The fourth egg pipped internally but then not externally. The three that hatched are one Partridge Cochin/Silkie and then two Partridge Cochin/Orpington.

    Our first chick to hatch is a very aggressive and spirited little one! We will have to see how it pans out. I have a broody hen sitting on 9 eggs due to hatch Sunday. If all goes well with that hatch I am going to try to sneak these three into her clutch during the night.

    Then nature can raise our chicks, indoors for now, and I can focus on the turkey and duck eggs.

    We had a rather significant spike during the night, both heat and humidity, in our incubator and we lost the last chicken egg from the first hatch, two turkey eggs and one duck egg. Not sure what caused the spike? I am using a very old Hova Bator Genesis. Hopefully that won't happen again.

    Thank you for the warm welcome.

    I will post next week about our incubator experience on the incubation thread.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2016
    1 person likes this.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    84,499
    3,804
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    83,396
    11,687
    816
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    what darling fuzzy butts, hope you will keep posting as they hatch [​IMG][​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by