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First Time Incubating

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Maggian, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. Maggian

    Maggian Just Hatched

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    I am New to this forum so here goes.....

    My Silkie Rooster was killed by opossums..... :( He was such a sweet boy (a member of the family), his feathers and personality was so unique. I started collecting the eggs and storing them pointy ends down. I had to store them for 9 days. I ordered a Brinsea mini advance incubator (automatic turning and temp control) and had to wait for it to be delivered. I didn't want to make one and chance something going wrong. I candled at day 10 and out of the 7 eggs, only 3 were fertilized :( really hoping to get another Roo. At day 14 I removed the 4 eggs that were not fertilized. The other 3 were developing nicely, moving around, and the air sack was the perfect size. The only time I took off the lid was when I added water and candled. The incubator held the temps at 99.5-99.6 F. I even check it at random times throughout the night. Come lockdown everything looked great. I candled, filled the water pots, placed a non-slid shelf liner down, and replaced the lid. Day 21 has since come and gone. It is now day 24 and the eggs have not moved, Pipped, or Chirped :( I just want to cry. Should I do a water float test or wait a few more days? Could they just be late because I had to store them over a week before incubating. Is there any hope. Any advice would be great. I would rather not get them out for testing if they still might hatch.
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - sorry to hear of your hatching woes. For the best advice, I'd suggest posting on the "incubating and hatching eggs" or "hatch-a-long" forums. Personally, I'd give it another day before doing anything. If you do decide to post on either of the threads, please include details of pre and post lockdown temperatures / humidity.

    Best wishes
    CT
     
  3. Maggian

    Maggian Just Hatched

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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  5. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    The incubation/hatching folks should be able to give you some advice, but I have read of late blooming chicks coming after people gave up on them.

    Good luck, I hope you get a few from your eggs.
     
  6. Maggian

    Maggian Just Hatched

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  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Maggian [​IMG] Welcome!

    I am sorry to hear of your loss [​IMG] Apologies that I do not have any incubator experience, just broody hens, but Ken has given you links to some good Forums.

    I do hope that they are just delayed and that you get a rooster.

    I also hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
     
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Hello from Kansas, Maggian, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! Sorry to hear about your loss but I wish you well in your incubating efforts! [​IMG]
     
  9. Maggian

    Maggian Just Hatched

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  10. Maggian

    Maggian Just Hatched

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