Good News and Bad News

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Nemo, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Nemo

    Nemo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm ten days into my first try at incubating.

    We have fifteen eleven-month-old Buff Orpington hens, and one rooster. When a buddy at work heard we had chooks, he said he had an incubator I could borrow. I brought it home last month, and set it up.

    It's an old Brower 845. It has quite a touchy adjustment screw. (The thermostat disks might need replacing because the temperature range is about nine degrees.) After a couple weeks fiddling, I finally got the high temp to be about 101°. I put nine eggs in two Thursdays ago.

    I dutifully turned the eggs three times a day. Last Thursday, I came home, turned the eggs, and saw the temp was a little too high. So, I turned the screw just a hair. Unfortunately, I must have gone the wrong way.

    Before going to bed that night, I went down to turn the eggs again, and the temp was up to 107°! I thought for sure they were cooked. I cooled the 'bator down, reset the thermostat, and decided to let them stay, just in case.

    I went down at dinner time tonight to turn the eggs, and took a flashlight with me. They're brown eggs, and our hens get more-than-enough calcium, so it was hard to see much. I could see a good air pocket, and a dark blob taking up half the egg.

    The good news is I had at least one egg survive the roasting.

    The bad news is I HAD at least one egg survive the roasting.

    While I was candling the eggs, I dropped one. It didn't fall far, but it was far enough for it to crack good and start leaking. So, I decided to open it up and take look. There was a tiny, little, naked chick in there, with huge eyes. It looked just like it should have at ten days old, and even flapped it's little wings. I was sad I had killed the poor thing, but encouraged that the others might still be growing.

    I'll post pictures when they hatch.
     
  2. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    I hate it when that happens..[​IMG]


    sorry for the bad news..

    another good argument for not candling, huh??
     
  3. MSHEN

    MSHEN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, Do I know where you're coming from. I have a broody that is due to hatch in about a week. I found one of her eggs crushed and took it out in the pasture and disposed of it . I opened it up, and there was the prettiest little chick, perfectly formed and dying before my eyes, I could barley look and just had to walk away! Broke my heart! What a waste!! [​IMG]
     
  4. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Only 2 times eggs should be candled; the day they are put in the bator (to check for any crackeds), on day 18 when you stop turning them.

    I do realize they many people enjoy turning the eggs, but this is a good reason for using a turner. Also, you never have to open the bator for 18 days. Unless you smell a bad egg.
     
  5. PhlyinPheBee

    PhlyinPheBee Poodles, Chicken, Goats--OH MY!!

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  6. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Quote:panner123, how do you do with your hatch's? What percent? I tried not to candle but everyone said to do it. I just wondered if you get a better hatch.
     

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