Hands on hatching and help

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

  1. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For the Birds!! Premium Member

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    That decision depends a lot on the conditions of your incubation.

    So basic questions: What kind of incubator, how have your temps and humidity been throughout the process, what kind of ducks? How big were the air cells at day 25?
     
  2. jlashaw

    jlashaw Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes!!!!! This is awesome! I have an LG still air. I followed the directions to the "T" and watched all of my eggs quit. I've woken up in the morning to find chicks dead in the eggs because they couldn't get out. I couldn't do it to one more baby. I open my bator all the time now. I don't add water until hatch. I added a computer fan. I have assisted many chicks and it is all about the timing and keeping everything as clean as possible. I know people who won't candle until it's day 7 because they've read it's BAD!!! I've learned over time it's all about trial and error. If you're afraid of the bator that's when things go wrong. Do what you feel is best for YOUR chicks!!!! :D
     
  3. samandemsmommy

    samandemsmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long do you give your eggs past 21 days if they have not pipped- to candle/do something?
     
  4. zmcolbert

    zmcolbert Out Of The Brooder

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    I am not sure the exact brand of the incubator, got it off Amazon. The temp has been 99-100, humidity was at 50-60, for the first 25 days. The automatic Turner turned every 2 hours. The air cells had been getting bigger at a nice pace so I didn't measure except one week when I couldn't be sure. They did get bigger after I had compared a few days later.

    I did pull a couple out, at the recommendation of a friend and experienced hatcher a bit ago, to candle and saw that 3 had piped internally. 1 of which has what looks like a line where it may be trying to pip through. One small external pip on another.

    Edited to add that the ducks are Pekin/Appleyard cross. Everything I read says 28 days is typical.
     
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  5. zmcolbert

    zmcolbert Out Of The Brooder

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    This is the type I have
     
  6. zmcolbert

    zmcolbert Out Of The Brooder

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    Just got back home from a long day gone and 4 have piped!! And at least one more has piped internally.
     
  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Awe. Thanks. Wait until you get that first pip and all you can do is wait...for hours...and hours....lol

    Have you ever checked the thermometer to make sure it was accurate or have an individual one inside?

    Biggest mistake, following those manuals to a T. They recommend too high of humidity. I hate the manuals! I totally agree.

    If mine weren't pipped by day 22, (my hatches usually start early cause my bator is hard to regulate so I get it settled slightly warmer rather than lower,) I would candle day 22 to see if there was any signs of life, any internal pips. Any signsof life and they stay in. I can't pull the plug on anything I still know is alive. No signs of life and I'd pull one to eggtopsy by going in the air cell first to confirm.


    Janoel knockoff? Chinese bator. My nephew bought one of those. The temp and humidity reading was off on both.

    @WVduckchick I thought I quoted you too... anyway, I've never regreted the decision to keep Peep, as a matter of fact the leg problem wasn't noticeable until he started filling out and putting on weight. I will say, it's not so easy now and I have contemplated what would be better. He's not in any noticeable pain, never has been, but if getting him in his own pen doesn't lift his spirits and he doesn't perk up, we are going to have to consider the alternative, which will be very hard. He is my first ever chicken.
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Awesome.
     
  9. zmcolbert

    zmcolbert Out Of The Brooder

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    I do have, and have had back up thermometers and hydrometers in with them. So far the temp has been accurate but not the humidity. Thank you for your replies!
     
  10. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright, made it through another day. One more day closer to the 20th. Lots of peeping now. Some struggling, enough that they're tearing their membranes a bit. But the membranes near the shell holes don't have blood in them. Lots of head pushing and big yawns. Still don't want to get my hopes up, but....
     

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