Hands on hatching and help

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

  1. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, he's learned how to be spoiled early on!!!! They're lucky there so dang cute!!
     
  2. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For the Birds!! Premium Member

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    Adorable! One of my Swedish has little stripes on each side of the nail on his bill. Another has a green bill, but a totally black nail that almost looks like I painted it!

    Edit to add - that Lyon machine looks cool!!


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  3. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. pipAchick

    pipAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Morning everyone!
     
  5. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    How did the humidity level out?
    He's very cute!! Thanks for the pics!
    These are all ducks, right? I have a 3 week max on having chicks in the house. But I did have orphaned baby ducks in the house last week for one week. Oh my do they stink!! They are extremely messy and need the brooder cleaned out once a day. With a pregnant wife and her heightened sense of smell, I would get a jump on that utility room brooder. ASAP...lol! I looked up that Lyon incubator and yes, they are expensive!! You're mom got a good deal! I was wondering which one you had. And how much capacity it had. The smaller one looks similar to the brinsea mini.
    Yes, with shipped eggs they do get bigger and strange shaped air cells at the end. You can trace the air cells with a pencil or marker so that you make sure they pip into the air cell. Sometimes with shipped eggs they have trouble getting into position, especially with the weird shapes of the air cells. It's actually good that you turned them less at the end. I stop turning shipped eggs a few days early so they can settle into position. You may have to assist if they pip outside the air cell. In which case your on the right thread. ;)
    I've tried it and can vouch it works!
    Yes, keep it up. If you want to totally halt growth, if you think they look as big as they should for day 28, you could even go up to 65%.
     
  6. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For the Birds!! Premium Member

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    Its been up and down between 60-70%, which I'm ok with. It was only like 50%, so I added another small piece of sponge and got it up a little more. The temp started fluctuating (I know that's normal when messing with the humidity), but kinda scared me when the Spot Check hit 103.9. But I pulled one out this morning and candled and still had movement. Hope they are all ok. I hate experimenting when I have customers wanting these! Just makes me ill.

    I also checked the 6 lav orp eggs that are now on day 8 and looks like only 3/6 are developing. [​IMG] No idea why their fertility has dropped off!
    On the bright side, all 4 mutt eggs look good!
     
  7. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I must have really dried out those eggs or else my hygrometer may have been thrown off when I disinfected it after I pulled it outta the hatcher. I've got half of the floor on the Lyon filled with water which is over 5 times as much as I had before and I can still only get my humidity to read 55%. Wish those other 3 chicks would hurry up and hatch so I can stick my other hygrometer in the Lyon. Finally have pip number 4 this morning, I think. Looks like a crack halfway down the shell but can't be 100%. One of the other pips has widened their crack a bit so it looks on track. The other one's pip looks the same as last night, but when I play him videos the egg rocks around like crazy. They sure our taking their time.

    Yea, our lil duckling peeped all night long and kept us all up. As soon as the others hatch they're goin to the utility room so we can get some sleep, lol. Whenever I stick my hand in he runs up and hops on which is completely different than I'm used to. Mail ordered ducklings freak out if you look at them for cryin out loud.
     
  8. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea, he is extremely spoiled but sweet as can be. He's much cuter now that he has fluffed up. Loves his penguin sister though

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    Yep, they are all messy ducks. They make such a huge mess. I'm toying with a new waterer this year, in hopes that they can't make such a mess. Hope it works but I doubt it since they can make a mess out of anything. Weather looks nice here the next couple weeks, in the upper 60s and 70s. I may put them out during the day and just bring them in during the nights. Should I put a heat lamp outside in case they get cold?

    They Lyon's sticker is kind of worn off so all I could see was that it's a "marsh automatic incubator" but no number or ID other than that. The way I have it set up now it holds 40 eggs. You can see how I have them criss crossed in there. The eggs are so big that you couldn't put them in each cross but I almost wonder if it would hold 80 chicken eggs since they are much smaller. Without the turner I bet I could cram 60 duck eggs in it pretty easily though.

    Workin on my humidity in the Lyon though. Got it to 55 %. With it being so dry here lately and getting those eggs in there dried out a bunch, I'm having problems getting it much higher. Gonna keep working on it though.
     
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  9. CyndiD

    CyndiD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi i joined this thread about a week ago, and i do believe in hands on and assisting hatches, if i know what i am doing... and i am learning as i must help my chicks and ducks hatch. my first duck asst, he was upside down, well actually sideways, didnt make it for a few reasons. i can tel you that story later

    I NEED HELP at this moment with a Red Dorking that is externally pipping at the wrong end. this is what happend to my duckling and i think i helped him out of his shell too soon. I am afraid to do anything at this point for my chick, for fear of doing things wrong.
    what should i do at this time?
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    thanks for any help.. it is 10:30am Idaho time, Wed
     
  10. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    How long has it been pipped?
     

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