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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    Random candling at 3:15 in the morning, because I'm up and why not, the eggs look good. The one under the pigeons look good too, of course I have to turn that one!
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Shipped eggs are such a pain! (And I haven't even started mine yet, lol) Sorry it's looking grim. I'd hold out hope for anything that started developing, cause I am like that.)

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    I think there are a lot of things we do that aren't "necessary". Look at how many people that have had hatches start before they went into lockdown and have had chicks hatch in 35-40% humidity. I don't believe the majority of people who think they've "shrink wrapped" a chick has actually shrink wrapped either. I honestly don't think people truely understand what that is and I think when they eggtopsy and see that membrane around the chick they think OMG he's shrinkwrapped, when in reality the membrane really is around the chick like that. One of the reasons chicks placement during hatch is head under wing is because that wing pushes up and holds the inner membrane away from the chick to give it a little room. It does look like what we would imagine as "shrink wrapped", but it really isn't. I think it's a reason people give their failed hatches because they need an answer as to why the chicks didn't make it and can't find any other. I've NEVER had a pipper/zipper die. I've never had a chick shrink wrap from opening the bator, (I don't belive shrink wrapping can happen from a few seconds of dry air.) I do believe that the membrane around the pips can become dry and stick to the chick from air drying any fluid and the moist membrane. I would NEVER recommend a hands on hatcher, especially one like myself to be "hands on" w/out the higher humidity though as a precaution. It's not a matter of just opening the bator a couple times. I am literally frequently opening my bator during hatch and it's a good precaution to have higher humidity with my habits. And NO I have no intention to change my hatching style. I have awesome hatches and this is what is comfort to me and I see no need to change it for someone else's comfort. Could I be in the bator less, yes I could. DO I need to start an assit at 24 hours, no, but then again, I've never lost a chick after pip.... that's why we really wanted to do this thread, that's why I am such a pusher of "Doing what is right and comfortable for you, regardless of others. I see so many hatchers push methods as the only way to do it, or do it like this or else and it makes me sooo mad. I see people missing out on the true experience of hatching because they are afraid to candle an egg because someone has warned them off candling. People who have never seen an internal pip because OMG that's after "lockdown". How do you learn if you don't know what you are looking at? I am so glad to be hands on person and get the most from my hatches.

    I love in your face moments, I have to admit. I get flack for being the "bleeding heart" that will give a chick every opportunity before I give up on it.

    The pigeon won't turn for you?? LOL

    I'm hoping to get my eggs today from @RubyNala97 . The tracking says tomorrow, but they hit Syracuse (which is two hours from me) last night at 5, so there's no reason they shouldn't be here today that I can see. So hopefully I'll be able to set. I am planning on a midnight setting...woohoo!!! Can't wait to candle and check out the air cells.
     
  3. WVduckchick

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  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    MY EGGS ARE IN!!!!! [​IMG]Post Office just called to let me know they are there!!!
     
  5. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of eggs??
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Bearded silkies from @RubyNala97 She has beautiful birds and she has paints and partridge colored.

    Picked them up. Got them unpacked. (Wonderful packing job.) Candled and they are resting. I plan to set them tonight at midnight. This will be my FIRST time hatching shipped eggs, so new experience for me.
     
  7. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess that means you'll be keeping a close eye on them!!!
    I'm adding 6 refrigerated eggs this afternoon. Saxony. What's a hatch if it ain't staggered?!?
     
  8. EmilyB86

    EmilyB86 Out Of The Brooder

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    one has hatched!!!! Got 3 others but 2 externally pipped on their own! X
     
  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I'm going to try to limit myself to candling days 4/7/14/18 with the shipped. But I am adding my own Spitzhauben and ee/nn eggs as well so I have something to meddle with while trying to keep my patties off the shipped eggs...lol
     
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