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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AmyLynn2374, Feb 11, 2016.
Ill keep you all posted. yikes
Transfer complete! No casualties!
Pulled a lot of eggs - a total of 18 - obvious clears, blood rings, and a couple of quitters. Kept one that I'm just not sure of yet. So I have 8 active, moving, viable eggs (Day 12) and one that I kept in case for a total of 9 eggs in the Brinsea.
That's awesome. Hope the temps hold for you! Fingers crossed!!!
Well Ruby, I just cracked the 2 eggs that were clear on the bottom third of the egg when I candled. 2 Beautiful blue swedish looking chicks that looked fully formed but were extremely tiny. Neither one moved or kicked or anything once cracked so I am sure they had already died by the time I removed them. All the veins were gone on the shell during candling and once I opened them up the remaining veins inside were black. Quitters I guess.
On a happy note though, I briefly fiddled with the hatcher and added the one remaining viable duckling that was due to enter lockdown (she had not pipped the shell yet but I could see her lil beak fluttering around in the air sack-- Hopefully she turns out okay cos she was pipping on the short side of the slant in the air sack). With the help of my wife (who is 7 months pregnant and grumbling about me getting the baby nursery ready instead of playing with ducklings), we managed to quickly add the last good egg to the other 3 in my hatcher...... and we candled the 2 eggs already inside the hatcher that I was previously worried about, only to find full development and movement in both!!!
I am still a lil worried about our first pipper though. He has definitely made progress today by making the crack much bigger and chirping several times when I played him peeping duckling videos from youtube, but he still hasn't made a hole all the way through the shell so I can see his cute lil beak chattering about. He just finished day 26 about 5 hours ago so he is still probably ahead of schedule. I feel like a nervous soccer momma duck, lol.
great job keeping everyone warm! Sorry to hear you lost one egg but glad the majority are ok!
I had 4 remaining eggs in the Brinsea during the power outage-I moved them back to the Hova still air yesterday morning. 2 hatched overnight and one is zipping now
I was really surprised. The styrobator held heat for quite some time though and super thankful we have a wood stove. We're having a house generator installed in July thank goodness! I'm more worried at this point about the pigeons contaminating the eggs. They're getting their own brooder today and then I'll pull the eggs, quick clean the bottom of the bator. I'm not sure if I'll have to clean the eggs. Hopefully it's just going to be a little wipe off here and there.
How well did the Brinsea hold heat? Did you do anything extra to try to maintain heat?
We are frozen again this morning. Of course, this is after I re-ran all my water hoses out to the coops and unplugged all the heated waterers. I'm mad as a wet hen... lol
My 3-1/2-week olds seem to be handling the cold very well though. Although, I must say, they must have some Silkie blood in them, because they are too stupid to go upstairs at night, where the brooder plate is. I've had to move them by hand every night for over a week now!
Still trying to get the humidity right in the FI, but I think that will be easy enough this evening, with sponges, so I think I will lockdown tonight. I think ordering the hova is your best bet though!
x2 about those candling pics. Too early.
But speaking of candling, I did notice something that I hadn't noticed before. On my darker eggs that are harder to see veins, I realized that the "dark blob" yolk, seems to float lower (toward the pointy end) on ones that are developing, and floats higher on ones that turn out to be clears.
That's amazing! Resilient little boogers, aren't they. Good luck with the new brooder. The piggies are soooo cute.
Nerve wracking, huh? I always want to take off hatch days too!
Lockdown for me this evening!
I have Swedish ducklings too! Good luck with the ones that remain. Can't wait to see pics!
Wow that is crazy that the built-in is so far off! I run 4 thermos in my Hova still air and If they're all clustered together they read very close but I have major cooler spots around the perimeter so I try to keep eggs right under the heating element. The center 3" diameter is very hot in mine so I don't put eggs there either.
With the Brinsea, it holds completely steady but it's just so small I don't like hatching in it. I did a test on mine and at the upper built-in glass thermometer it would read 99-100. At mid-egg level about 1 1/2" below the thermo I was 97.8 on 3 separate thermometers! So I dialed mine up to read 102. At egg level I'm now right on 99-100. Have you or @RubyNala97 found this to be happening with your Brinseas too?
Thanks for that. I'll likely avoid the very center in the styro also. Since I only have 2 big eggs, and 11 small bantam eggs, I think I should be able to easily get them in a circle under the element.
Yes! I have my Brinsea set on 100.7 to keep egg height at 99-100. This morning I actually lowered the set temp to 100.5 because the Spot Check was consistently staying closer to 100, instead of 99 - 99.5. I'd much rather have a delay for being a bit on the low side as to getting them too hot.
We are frozen too!!!
I try to keep mine under the deating elements too, but my center is just the opposite. The perimeter-outer corners and the center run cooler. I have the heating element that runs around the top in a circular square. I try to balance my eggs between the two sides, under the element leaving the center bare.
I'm just the opposite. As long as it doesn't push above 101, I'd rather have it a tad high. right now I have one side showing 100 and the other hitting 101. I tried to rebalance and rotate during turning this morning, but I still have that difference. I am keeping a close eye on it though. I want the 100, but not the 101.
This is the first hatch I have been playing the humidity game too- and I don't like it...lol I actually added water along with my sponges yesterday trying to hold humidity up above 40. At this point it could run 50% and I wouldn't be worried and ya'll know how I feel about humidity above 40 the first 17 days....lol I'd better get some cute little silkie chicks after all this....lol Yesterday morning showed 14/18 developing. I hope they are all still developing. We hit day 6 tonight so either tomorrow night or Thursday morning I'll be doing a complete candle and marking air cells so I will know if they are all still developing. I want to get better batteries for the flashlight too and see if I can at least see the air cells in the greens. I put new batteries in it, but they are the cheapos and I think that is my problem, so I need some duracells!! I can usually at least see the air cells, but not this time.