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Hands on hatching and help

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

  1. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    LOL thanks. Yes, I use an 18 hour guidline. I've found before that there's way too much blood flow still present. Even at 18 hours I wouldn't usually get to far, before running into veining. So I check around 18 hours and widen the pip to assess the position and as long as everything looks good I go for 24 and then start an assist.
     
  2. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also use bacitracin to help keep the membrane moist. Lasts longer.
     
  3. newwestchick

    newwestchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I noticed in my recent hatch that the outer membrane (just under the shell) looked dry and "papery" and white on all the hatchers who were successful on their own. The ones with trouble looked more leathery or another colour other than pure white (like a little off white or brown or yellow). I had very high humidity during hatch time so I think the "dry" look is just that, a look, and you're not in trouble until the membrane is more sticky/leathery looking.
    Hope that helps you with your hatch!
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    On she said/he said they were talking about using canola oil and coconut oil and can I say all I can think with canola oil is you came into this world in oil and you'll go out in oil...lol I know it's totally awful, but that's all I can think....lol
     
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    Yes, you want white papery white outer membranes. If the membrane starts turning brownish/yellow and appears leathery it's time to assess the situation and moisten the membrane with whatever your choice lubricant is...lol
     
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    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol. You guys on there suggested that to me!!! Emerald and Clover, the chicks that had open eggs for 3 days and hatched 4 days early and lived, got canola oil!! (Since some of my ducks are meat ducks, it was a KFC moment!)
     
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    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll be testing the meddling limit pretty good for this hatch now.... I have 2 squeakers in the incubator in a bowl. Have to take them out every 2.5 hrs to feed.... They'll be in there for a week, at least... Sometimes the gods test the meddling process!!
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

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    How are they doing?
     
  9. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great. Second longest assist I've done. They're growing like weeds. If I had to guess dads are my welshies and moms are khakis or/and Cayuga.
    @Debs Flock can u post a pic for me??? Please??? Emerald and Clover...
     
  10. Debs Flock

    Debs Flock Birds on the brain Premium Member

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    Here's Emerald & Clover... [​IMG]

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    Drat, I don't know how to reverse the order so the babies show up top. [​IMG]
     

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