Hands on hatching and help

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

  1. Laurel Meadows

    Laurel Meadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2014

    I was kicking myself for not having those hand warmers! Best thing I could think of and find in the dark was the rice lol. But yes, next time I'm at tsc / rural king I'm getting hand warmers! :)

    I was so worried when I was first learning and reading all that alarmist stuff. (Im still fairly new at this but have 7 successful hatches and several staggered ones under my belt since thanksgiving.) On my first hatch I did everything "by the book" on my shipped eggs and all I did was worry myself for nothing! I wanted to candle earlier than day 7 but was afraid I would harm the embryos. I panicked because my humidity dropped to 55% in lockdown. I kept those hatchlings cramped up in the brinsea mini because I was afraid I would shrink wrap the others with pips. I lost one who I suspected was malpositioned but I was too scared to open the bator for "risk" to the other eggs...and the whole don't help a hatchling you'll have weak genetics in your flock! The whole thing was just stressful.

    My second round in December I decided to just forget about "by the book"and try things in a more relaxed way. I had a great hatch and learned so much! Since then, I
    1. Candle whenever I darn well want to
    2. Know that in my bators, I can hatch with no issues as low as 50% humidity. I shoot for 65-70% but if it drops in the middle of the night it's ok!
    3. Know I can open the incubator to add water and/or take chicks out without harming eggs
    4. Will assist a chick in trouble if the chick has absorbed blood and yolk

    My next goal is to start doing eggtopsies so I can learn more about what went wrong and how I can improve my methods.

    I really appreciate the information being shared here. It's super helpful! :)
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  2. bluejean55girl

    bluejean55girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2016
    Wellington, Tx
  3. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2015
    Does anyone know of a good peeping video or audio that I can play from my computer to motivate my ducks to pip??? I'd like to see if I can get some movement from them or pips from the other two in the bator.
  4. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 9, 2015
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Ok, I was just wondering if they would go from being hand turned to being in an auto turner but it's the other way around, so that's perfect! :)
    Yes, the thermos in the brinsea's can't be calibrated that way! Drives me nuts. This is the glass one that I bought and surprisingly it's been 100% accurate. You can get one and calibrate it and then check it against the ones that don't go low enough to calibrate. http://www.amazon.com/Cooper-Atkins...perature/dp/B00DYC7DQ0/ref=zg_bs_393283011_29
    Yes, my temps are much higher at the top then the bottom. And like you said, average it's what you're shooting for!
    What happened?? After a few hatches this will all be a memory and all this experience will make you a pro hatcher!
    Yes, let me find it...(I think it will work for ducks)...
  5. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2015
    Ugh, I checked 2 of the 3 eggs due to go into the hatchery tonight and found what I believe are 2 quitters. Now I wonder about the other two eggs that I put into the hatcher last night with the one that pipped. I had just been candling those eggs from the top while they sat in the auto turner and I could still see veins in all of them. But upon looking at them from the bottom today, the bottom third of both eggs was empty and clear. Those should definitely be full right??? Looks like yet some more casualties from being stuck in that cruddy FI incubator during the first ten days of incubation...... The 3rd egg though was full and at the bottom of the air sack it looked like a little bump was poking up so I think that lil guy is trying to start pipping.

    Of the 3 in the hatcher already, I don't know about 2 of em cos I didn't candle them before I put them in last night. Earlier today the pip had not advanced since last night. However, I played a duckling video for him and as soon as I shut it off I could hear him peeping away in the hatcher. I shined a light in on him to see his progress and he had already doubled the size of his pip!!! He still hasn't made it all the way through the shell yet though. Is there a time frame I should be looking at to make sure he gets that pip opened up before he runs out of air and suffocates???
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2016
  6. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 9, 2015
    Hudson Valley, NY
    First, as long as there is a crack in the shell, even just a small one, he will not suffocate. He is getting oxygen through the tiny crack. I've never hatched ducks (I'm on day 12 of my first batch of call duck eggs) but once they pip, they rest. It takes a long time for them to absorb all the veins and the yolk. Chicks can take up to 24 hours and I believe ducks, especially the ones that take 28 days, can take up to 48 hours from pip to zip. As long as your humidity is good and the membranes are not dry then just give them time.
    Secondly, when you check the eggs make sure your candler has fresh batteries and you're in a dark room. Look for movement in those eggs with the empty bottom. I've had a few eggs that have had space at the top, under the air cell and surprisingly in 2 days time they grew and hatched!!
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  7. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2015
    Unity, Maine
    Power out for 18 hours.... Yup, spring in Maine! Temps down to 7° last night house got into low 40s. Moved the bator next to wood stove.
    1 egg. I only lost 1 egg!!!!!!!!
    Yup, counting my ducklings before they hatch!!
  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    Sounds promising at least....
  9. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For the Birds!! Premium Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    So believe it or not, my test is going well in the FI. My known thermos were all within a couple degrees of each other at room temp in the bator before I turned it on. I laid them out so the sensors are around the same height. I've got 98 (lowest to the floor), 99.1, 100, and 100.2 on the one that's the tallest. The unit itself is on like 96 and the extra one included in the unit is only reading like 95. I feel for people who buy them and don't get extra thermos. Getting the proper readings on the units would cook the poor chicks.
  10. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2015
    K, I will let him do his thing. I guess I will just add the other 3 eggs to the hatcher and see what happens. Good to know he won't suffocate. I think that lil guy wore himself out pretty good and had to take a nap after I played him that chick video and he pipped the shell a bunch more. Played another video and heard nothing from him so he must be conked out, lol. It's so entertaining (and nerve-wracking) goin through this the first time!!!

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