Good result after a bad start

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KittyKat3756, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. KittyKat3756

    KittyKat3756 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After receiving mostly infertile eggs (16/24), got 6 lovely chicks hatching and only one that needed assisting! For some reason the last one didn't absorb the blood from the veins and was too weak to kick its way out. Ended up peeling it out 24h after external pip. Seems to be doing well. Leaving all of them in the incubator until tomorrow morning (36h after first one hatched and 16h after last one). Usually take them out early, but it's been very cold today and wouldn't want one to get lost in the night and chill. Also last one is still sleeping it off a bit.

    Glad I had a second thermometer in the incubator, the built in one seems to be getting out of sync so need to set heater to 37.7°C for egg surface to be 37.5°C. Humidity still matches at least. Will post photos of chicks from blue eggs later as they're mystery ones! Would be cool if someone could help ID.
     
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    KittyKat3756 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's them this morning and all dry :)


    I went to switch their heater in the brood box on and found mites all over it. After shaking it a few times above the bath, realised that they had gotten inside. So chicks are still in incubator while I'm trying to clean out the heater.

    Bath full of mites:
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    Disassembling the heater:
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    Fumigating the bit that can't be washed:
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    Chick sleeping in food bowl (because there are not enough chick photos in this world):
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  3. KittyKat3756

    KittyKat3756 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fuzz balls are now in the brooder. Cleaning the hell out of the heater and re-sealing it with silicone seems to have done the job after a lot of bleaching and washing.
     
  4. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Frozen Premium Member Project Manager

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    Beautiful chicks!! Congrats.
     
  5. CharB

    CharB Out Of The Brooder

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    What type of chick is it that has the eye mask and top dot on her head? She's a cutie. Always surprises me what they look like as chicks vs hens. Thanks for sharing the videos.
     
  6. KittyKat3756

    KittyKat3756 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The four yellow ones are light sussex, the other two are "mystery" pure bred large foul out of blue eggs. I think those two are Cream Legbars, but I'm not totally sure. The seller keeps a fair few breeds so could be anything!
     
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    KittyKat3756 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're feathering fast around the wings!
     
  8. KittyKat3756

    KittyKat3756 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Getting really bold now! Cream Legbars have tail feathers now, but not the Light Sussex yet. The little terrors are trying to dig their way to freedom!
     
  9. KittyKat3756

    KittyKat3756 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just look at how much they've grown in the last week! If videos are looking pixely, you can turn up the quality!
     
  10. KittyKat3756

    KittyKat3756 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Little things are getting big and boisterous now!
     

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