First-time incubating! Janoel 12 & Black Copper Maran - Will update!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MisfitMarie, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. MisfitMarie

    MisfitMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been extremely curious about the process of incubation and wanted to try it for myself. I have chosen the Janoel 12 incubator, bought off of Ebay. Assembly was straightforward, and I ran it for two days before adding the eggs. I also inserted an additional temperature/humidity monitor inside for two reasons: 1. The Janoel 12 does not include a humidity monitor and 2. I wanted a second temperature reading to compare.

    The eggs were shipped to me and sat pointy-side down for 24 hours, at room temperature, until today... And today, I placed them into the incubator! I marked each side with an X and the other with an O, just to be sure that the egg turner works and also for own reference (as I will also be trying to turn them by hand as well).

    Temperature is at 99.5 degrees. Incubator includes a fan and air vent.

    Humidity is at 45%.

    I am extremely nervous and excited. I purposely placed the incubator in a quiet room that's a bit out of the way so that I *hopefully* won't continue to obsessively check it.

    One concern that I already have is the darkness of the eggs when I candle. As a first-timer, I really want to make sure I understand what I am seeing and do it correctly. Is there a trick to candling black copper maran eggs? Or even hatching them? Any tips, tricks, etc... would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. Yorkshire Coop

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    Good luck with your first incubation :fl

    Maran eggs are known for being difficult to candle so my tip would be that you get a good LED light or candler. Candle when the room is very dark and also that your light has a very good seal on the egg so light cannot escape and only goes into the egg.

    I'm sure you will obsessively check the incubator even though it's in a quiet room it's part of the excitement of incubating. Also it becomes quite addictive, it's such an amazing thing to watch taking place :frow
     
  3. MisfitMarie

    MisfitMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I bought an egg candler that seems to work well. I tried it with all of the lights turned off. I could vaguely see a dark half and a light half inside the egg. There was one of them, in particular, that seemed to have a small, dark, floating mass inside... that would float to one side or the other, depending on which side was angled up... I'm not sure what that was all about, because I couldn't spot anything like that in any of the other eggs.

    But thanks for the advice... turning off all the lights really helps!!!
     
  4. Aphrael

    Aphrael Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The small, dark, floating mass sounds like you were getting a good look at the little embryo in there. A lot of times they hide and you can't see them really well. But now and then you'll get ones that are really very visible. I love seeing them. [​IMG]
     
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    WOW... That would be really cool if that's what it was. My only concern is that I noticed it BEFORE I placed the eggs into the incubator. I know there's not really a point to candling BEFORE you incubate the eggs, I guess I was just curious as to how much light could penetrate the shell... but I did notice a small little mass in one of them. Could it be possible that one started to develop before being shipped? And if so, how much would the two-day transit to my house effect it in extreme cold? =(
     
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    Aphrael Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooooh. I didn't realize that you saw it before incubation. Hmmm. It shouldn't be an embryo then. If it developed some before being shipped I'm sure it wouldn't have survived the trip. I have no idea what it might be, in that case. [​IMG]
     
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    MisfitMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANK YOU! I'm going to check it out right now! The dark mass was very small, and very distinct as far as edges and such... probably the size of a pea, but more ovular. It was a very curious thing... In any case, if I get half to hatch on my first try... I will consider myself very lucky. I'm going to do my very best.
     
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    Oh, I meant to say before, but I forgot. [​IMG] There actually is a good reason to candle your eggs BEFORE setting them, especially shipped eggs. It is a good idea to check for porosity, hairline cracks, and for the state of the air cell in shipped eggs. Just sayin... [​IMG]
     
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    Good to know! I'll do that from now on... I went to candle them today...didn't see anything knew... But it's only day 2. Hehehe. Here's hoping Day 7 or 8 candling will be MAGICAL!
     

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