Hands on hatching and help

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

  1. Sarkchick

    Sarkchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A couple of the Pekin eggs from my first hatch this year were covered in frost. They all hatched by had to help several. Maybe that was why. Never thought about it. Good luck finding more eggs. When I'm home they get locked up at night. They would always lay in 2 large rubber tubs about 4 inches deep. We have a lot of possums and raccoons in our area. But since I'm only home about a hour a day I left them loose in a large pen with the geese.
     
  2. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys, I am getting my FI bator ready for lockdown tomorrow. Since the floor in the bator is so low beneath the screen the eggs will lie on, I can't find an extra container for water to get my humidity up that will fit under the screen. So, my fix was to put an ice tray on top of the screen and start filling up squares in it until I hit my target humidity of 75 %. When those ducks start to hatch, is it okay if they drink the distilled water or will it hurt them??? Or maybe, is it bad to have water available to the chicks so soon after they hatch??? Lemme know what you guys think. My other option would be to go to town and get a funnel with a hose on it that will fit in my vent and then feed that down to a wet paper towel as needed.
     
  3. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, my bator's instructions say to open one vent during hatching and the 2nd once they hatch so they can dry. Is that necessary? I would rather not open it since it is easier to hold the humidity where I want it without the vent open....
     
  4. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen people use aquarium air tubing with puppy feeding syringes to put water in. The tubes fit in the vents.
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Those babies need the vents open for fresh air exchange. I use sponges in my bator. Usually at lockdown I fill my water wells and add 2-3 wet sponges on the screen at egg level. For me, it works great.
     
  6. casportpony

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

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    More embryo pictures and a video.

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  7. Laurel Meadows

    Laurel Meadows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I needed a stiff drink after all that lol.



    Thank you! Wow did you manage to get any sleep with the chicks in there with you?



    I also use sponges for humidity. I have to use 2 sections in my hovabator to keep it in the 65-70% range. I usually will have to pour a little water on them a few times through lockdown and hatch but it's worked well!
     
  8. kyleigh

    kyleigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you recommend giving weak chicks after hatching?
     
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  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I always use sav a chick electrolyte in my water after hatch for the first couple days. Many use nutri drench for weak chicks or sugar water.
     
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  10. Laurel Meadows

    Laurel Meadows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can relate I just went through it myself last night. :fl hoping all your eggs will be ok! We had a wood stove to help keep everyone warm but even if you don't- if you have an outdoor bbq grill or patio fire pit etc and can heat up some uncooked rice in a pan, put the warm rice in baggies and into bator to keep eggs warm. It kept our bators about 84 degrees.
     
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