First time incubating Marans and Olive Eggers

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by manukannijoy, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. manukannijoy

    manukannijoy Just Hatched

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    I am excited to receive our first hatching eggs in the mail this week! We have a Hovo Bator that we borrowed from a friend. I have read and watched You Tube videos on how to ensure maximum hatch rates. If you can share your personal experiences I would really appreciate it. Thank you.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Marans and EE eggs are very hard to candle.
    I raise Penedesencas whose eggs are hard to see into.
    I prefer to weigh eggs to get the correct amount of weight loss rather than struggling with candling.
    An egg should lose 0.065% of its weight per day. If it loses more than that, humidity is too low. If it loses less, the humidity is too high.
     
  3. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    Chicken Canoe is right in that you need to monitor your eggs! I like candling, and have a pretty strong LED light where I can see into most eggs. The ones I can't, I just go by the others in the bator that I can see into.

    That said, shipped eggs are always a gamble and can often have unseen damage that lowers your success rate. I know some people have had good hatches, many have had poor hatches, and I can't tell you how many people have only ended up with one or two chicks out of 2 dozen set. Distance, heat, altitude change, shaking, dropping, etc can all do a number on eggs.

    Dark eggs are less permeable due to the dark coating, so starting at a lower humidity can often help.

    Good luck!
     

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