Hands on hatching and help

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

  1. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Yep... one breeder, who only assists when she is home due to 2 jobs, said it caused major losses for her last year... in one variety, she usually has no less than 40 growing out by the end of the season, only had 4 at the end of last season... and she uses GQF cabinet...
     
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    :gig

    Good luck, Blooie!!! :thumbsup
     
  3. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should we have tied a rope to Blooie?????
     
  4. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    We're rooting for you, and the eggs!
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    [​IMG]You're a hoot!! Good luck!!!!

    That might not be a bad idea....lol
     
  6. Blooie

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    I'm scared...it's dark in there. Forgot I don't need the extra colored water yet. Oh, goodie...something else to worry about doing tomorrow. Thanks for the rope...here I go!
     
  7. Ravynscroft

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    Don't forget the headlamp!!!
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    So, my silkie eggs are still looking good. All 14 are still progressing, air cells look ok. I did loose the one Spitz egg, it was the oldest from the set at 10 days when it went in. Darndest thing and gave me more mental notes to file. I knew it was on it's way out as the veins were next to nothing and it got that yellow death glow, but the chick itself was still active for a long time after. I even took video of it moving around. But alas, this morning it was done. We are going to investigate it tonight. I also have one green egg that I am 98% sure quit, but I am waiting to do anything with that one cause it's hard to see. Tonight starts day 10, so we will have made it to the half way point. The rest of the Spitz look pretty good. If the greens don't do well I plan to do a separate hatch at the end of May to try with them. I just want to see these little silkies!!! They HAVE to make it!!
     
  9. Blooie

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    I'm out! I feel like I should get some kind of medal or something. News not real good - 8 eggs left out of the original 28. Out of those eggs only 2 look okay to me. (our bathroom is always dark since there's no windows in there) Candled them while I let the incubator start coming back up after taking out the turner and getting the thermometers and hygrometer reset in there, then put them into their respective cheery baskets as I finished and logged each one. 1 Green Magnolia and 1 Olive Egger seems to be all I have left. And two with really wonky air cells...really saddle bag cells. I'm second guessing myself now and thinking I should have cut down an egg carton and used the cups to put those in. I still might.

    If this is a learning experience, I think I flunked. I won't beat myself up though, because I am sure that I did everything right after they arrived....let them set, made sure the incubator was holding, turning, marking, and keeping an eye on development. But for sure at least two more that were moving a couple of days ago are now deathly still, and the others are so dark in there it's hard to tell anything. But they are all in their little welcome baby cradles and all I can do now is wait, watch, and take care of the new ones in the Brinsea.

    How do you people DO this time after time?? [​IMG]
     
  10. AmyLynn2374

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