Hands on hatching and help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AmyLynn2374, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    :fl my fingers are crossed for you!! These are all local eggs, right? (Not shipped) which will work in your favor. Local eggs are more forgiving and a lot stronger. I watched a YouTube video yesterday of wild ducks hatching. The mother was not even on the nest half the time and when she was she was not big enough to cover all the eggs. The pips were just out in the open pipped and peeping. The video followed the whole hatch and it ended with a lot of fluffy baby ducks. So I hope that it will all be ok for you! And again, you are gaining a TON of experience with this hatch, which is priceless!!
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I've hatched out quite a few more porous eggs without a problem. Don't feel bad!

    Good luck!!!

    I'm pretty sure that we are over-cautious and crazy. Heck, I'm one one the biggest meddlers, but I still keep humidity up for precaution, but I honestly honestly believe that for so long people have warned against this and that and most of it is BS. I've seen people have chicks hatch early that hadn't gone to lockdown and had no problem hatching in 30% and I don't care what anyone says, I do not believe that you can shrink wrap a chick in 60 seconds, dry out some goo and stick em, sure, but shrink wrap??? That's a long process. I literally cringe every time a newbie asks if they will really kill their chicks just from opening the bator or one is scared to add water because they have to open the bator. Older, stricter hatchers have scared up and coming hatchers so bad that they can't even enjoy the hatch because they are scared they are going to cause certain doom.
     
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  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Oh and @RubyNala97 that is too funny. I didn't even realize we did that!!
     
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  4. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just woke up and ran to the hatcher to check. No progress on any of the 3 eggs..... Yes these are local eggs out of my coop. I don't know what to think now. The egg that pipped had not actually made it all the way through the shell yet, you could just see where he he had started pecking at. It was a small obtrusion on the egg. That still counts as pipping right??? Or should I have waited until he pecked a hole right through??? Now I am worried He just started pecking cos the humidity was too low on my bator since I was trying to dry those sacks down. I'm second guessing myself and thinking I may have doomed them...
     
  5. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And to make matters worse, the 2 thermometers that read the same temp for the last 3 weeks are now glaringly reading different in the FI incubator I'm using for a hatcher. One is reading right on with the FI incubator's digital reading while the other one is reading 94.8. Man I hate that FI incubator as I dunno what is going on with all the different temp readings inside of it....
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Yes, we consider the bumps and cracks pips. I don't want to do this but I have to:

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    Ok, calm down. You have done nothing to doom them. Bators have hot and cool spots in there that may cause one to be early or late. They don't start pipping because of humidity issues, they pip cause they want to get the he** out of there. Now, you have them in the hatcher with the humidity up at this point and everyone is still alive right?
     
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  7. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol. I don't know. I havn't checked them this morning because I didn't want to drop the humidity too much on them. I think it took almost 2 hours for the humidity to rise up to 75 % after I took the lid completely off in order to put the eggs in there. Should I crack the bator open and sneak my hand in there to snatch them out and candle them or am I just being paranoid? Maybe I should just walk away and find something to keep my mind off the duckies today...
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    You should see the imbalence I've been having with mine. I actually got the eggs balanced out in there last night so the areas of the bator are all running about the same now. Started with all three the same, then when I laid the silkie eggs down everything was out of whack. One side hotter than the other, the top of one side warmer than the bottom. None of the therms reading the same. I shifted the eggs around and balanced the mass more proportionately and we are back to all three therms reading within tenths and right where I need it-for the most part...lol


    At this point it appears that I have development in 14/18 of ruby's silkie eggs, 2 that never started and 2 that quite w/in 24 hours of forming the first veins. I want to get a good pic, but haven't been able to. All 9 of the Spitz were developng and can't see in the greens.

    I am worried about the greens. The greens are big....jumbo sized big. I wasn't thinking when I decided to add them. Well, when I collected them, I didn't realize that ruby's silky eggs were so small...lol (My son says to me, mom, they look like banty eggs...lol I had to explain they actually are. Our silkie eggs aren't that small.) Anyhow, I am keepig the humidity up higher than my norm because the silky eggs' air cells were growing fast and half of my Spitz were already getting there because the oldest waas 10 days. But the greens are sooo big that I'm afraid they wont loose enough. Originally I had planned to do the greens at the end of May or June, but without thinking I decided to add 3 days worth with these guys. I guess we'll see what happens.
     
  9. pipAchick

    pipAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good morning to all!
     
  10. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    LOL leave them, they are probably fine. They were alive when you put them, we'll keep the faith that they are alive now. [​IMG]
     

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