Hands on hatching and help

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

  1. green egg

    green egg Out Of The Brooder

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    For my next hatch, I will move the eggs around and make sure they are in different parts of the bator. I have to turn them anyway. I prefer the hand turned with pencil marks so I make sure they all get turned.
     
  2. green egg

    green egg Out Of The Brooder

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    I hope your chicks start zipping out soon. I bet you will be relieved when they get out safe.
     
  3. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My other three pips are making it a race to see who can get out first! Lol still nothing from the other 7. I even picked them up and looked underneath, but nada.
    I have my bator open far more than I should (just can't help myself). I had a 25W reptile heating pad plugged in beside it in case I had to pull anyone out for an assist and I find it gets back up to temperature quickly if I slide it underneath for 10 minutes after having the bator open. Haven't had any trouble keeping humidity high; I just mist the inside if I open the lid.
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Good! [​IMG]

    I prefer hand turning. I started out using a turner and switched to hand turning and I much prefer it. I had good rates before but they went up even more after I switched to hand turning. I rotate them as well. I'm a candling addict, so I get to see what's going on and if one looks less developed I move it to a known "warmer" spot and vice versa.
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Awesome. Have you tried playing chick music for them?
     
  6. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried yesterday when my first egg started chirping, but it didn't seem to have much impact. The three that are hatching right now are all very vocal.
     
  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Really?? I have always seen a big increase in movement when I played the chicks chirping.
     
  8. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    Did you candle the 7 that aren't doing anything? Any internal pips?

    Yes, especially at zip time. When I have one that zips then starts resting, I play the music and then they go nuts.
     
  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Me too!! I don't think I've had an egg that takes longer than 15 minutes to complete a zip...lol I just keep playing the chick sounds...lol
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Trying to help a duckling that pipped externally yesterday, which was day 24. Today it started zipping, but stalled out, so I peeled away some shell and it's full of sticky fluid! Still has lots of veins, so tring to go slow.

    -Kathy
     

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