getting nervous, first hatch, advice please? (help!)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bangor777, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. bangor777

    bangor777 Songster

    May 4, 2008
    I have 12 ringneck pheasant eggs, placed in a still air lg on 5/31. I have been turning three to five times a day, temp and humidity have been steady and within parameters. I've tried candling, I can't see anything! The eggs are darkish brown and since seeing veining at the beginning all I've seen is air sacs and dark shadows, no movement yet. I think I am on day 17 (since I set the eggs in the morning on the 31st) So...just to check....
    I should stop turning on day 20?
    I should increase humidity to 70-80 the last three days?
    Should I change the temp at all (been 99.6-101)
    Should I put something over the wire in the incubator the last three days for the hatch?

    Should I worry that I haven't been able to candle? Will an egg 'weep' if its turned bad? When might I be able to hear peeps or see the egg moving if I'm lucky enough to have some eggs that have developed?

    Sorry for all the questions! So nervous!

    Thanks!!!!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2008
  2. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    Whoa lots of questions lol. Never hatched pheasants. How many days do they take? For chickens, they hatch on day 21, and you stop turning the night of day 18. So hopefully you can figure that out for pheasants by that.

    You can line the wire with rubber shelf liner, the kind with little holes in it, and/or put your eggs in egg cartons to hatch... the first time I just used the wire, and I didnt like the way the eggs got rolled about by the hatched chicks.

    I've been setting my humidity between 65-75. Temp stays the same.

    Eggs should either weep or stink before they blow up, hopefully anyways lol.

    Anytime after you stop turning you could hear peeps/see movement, although with this current hatch they didnt peep or move, lol, just hatched.
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    Are you sure they are ringneck eggs? They should be green, not brown. If they are ringneck, they take approx 24 days to hatch, so we stop turning on day 21-22. It is very important not to open the hatcher during hatch on pheasant eggs (or any eggs for that matter) because it makes them get stuck. Good luck with your hatch.

  4. bangor777

    bangor777 Songster

    May 4, 2008
    I bought them from you! I thought they were ringnecks!
    I'm going to go check my messages again and see what
    it says you sent. hmmmmmmmm
  5. bangor777

    bangor777 Songster

    May 4, 2008
    OK, it says pheasant x on the receipt. So...I'm guessing melanistic ringnecks? Sound right?[​IMG]
    Small, brown eggs.

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