going to hatch silkie shipped eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chkinut, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    i just ordered 12 silkie eggs from MPC. they will be here no later than Feb 20th, maybe earlier. i've hatched silkie eggs a couple years ago and i remember it didn't go so well cuz they were shipped AND silkie eggs. i'm just looking for 1 or 2 silkies as house pets. so if i only get one, i'll be happy. since it's been awhile since i've used my bator, can anyone give me a quick refresher? especially pertaining to shipped silkie eggs.
  2. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    A refresher eh? well um incubator should not be in a cold drafty area or in direct sunlight
    99.5 degrees is recommended, If you have a still air bator than its 101 degrees.... but anywere from 99-101in any bator is fine is fine [​IMG].

    Humidity just depends....very contreversial but the "recommended" humidity is 45% or anywhere around there for the first 18 days then 60%-70% during lockdown.

    No turning the eggs for the last three days, lay them on their sides.

    This is all just the recommended standard hatching stuff, however: people have hatched with temps varying from 95-107 degrees or when a power outage has happened, some preffer to dry hatch, when you have the humidity between 20-30% for the first 18 days, then bump it up to 70% the last three. Some people have recorded good hatches with no egg turning, some like to hatch eggs in cartons and not on their sides etc........its just a matter of prefrence and what has worked specificaly for some people might not work for everybody. If you havent incubated in a while, the the "recomended standard stuff" is what you should use. Good luck with your hatch [​IMG]
  3. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    thanks so much! that was a good refresher, i remember it all now! btw, i love your signature (at the bottom), my hubby is addicted to cigs and expensive hobbies, so i'll have to use that when he finds out i ordered silkie eggs, lol, still haven't told him. i want to, but.....he thinks i have a problem. don't we all? those who love chickens? lol [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. Fly Be Free

    Fly Be Free Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2012
    South Carolina
    Problem? What problem?? So what if I spend my spare time working on the coop? So what if I have 30 peeps coming and 18 silkies to hatch? Then there's the duck pen... so what? LOL

    I'll have my silkies, hopefully by the 5th. I'd love to hatch with ya, if you don't mind. This is my first ever and I'm nervous. Just got my bator stabilized at 100/39

    I thought I'd never get the humidity right.

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