Hatch #1 Timeline & Summary - Drumstick & Purple Chicken

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PurpleChicken, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    9/25 - Purchased LG 7200 basic model - Turned on to heat up and stabilize temp

    9/29 - Started 14 Buff eggs(HinkJC's we recieved in mail) & 5 of our own eggs from our
    22 week old mixed flock with a Leghorn rooster

    10/3 - Installed the air fan and egg turner. Maintaining temp and humidity in an
    LG is hard enough. Doing so while have to open it twice a day to turn eggs is almost
    impossible. Fan made a BIG difference in keeping the temp stable and consistent
    throughout the entire bator.

    10/17 - Removed egg turner - Increased humidity to 65 to 80 by filling the water
    slots in base and adding some wet paper towels

    10/18 - Hatch sign in morning - First Buff by mid day - More Buffs started

    10/19 - 8 buffs have hatched - 2 Leghorns have hatched

    10/20 - One leghorn cross egg was pipping but shell was very hard. We decided
    to assist. Chick is resting comfortably in incubator as I type this. She should make it.

    10/20 - Float tested the remaining 8 eggs. No life found. Opened eggs to see what
    happened. 3 were not fertilized, 5 had at least 14 days of development. Air sacs
    were all fine.


    We have 2 digital tstats and 2 analog. Temps averaged 99.5 to 101.5 among all 4.
    We have 1 digital and one analog hydrometer. Held 40 to 55% humidity for first
    18 days.

    Final egg tally:
    Jody's Buffs - 8 healthy chicks - 2 weren't fertilized - 4 died in shell
    Our eggs - 2 healthy chicks - 1 assisted hatch - 1 not fertilized - 1 dead in shell

    From everything I haved read here and my experience incubating as a child
    I think we did well, especially for a first hatch. Jody's eggs were amazing.
    Our eggs were a surprise. I put them in more to help stabilize temps.
    They were small with very thick shells as they were from young pullets.

    The Little Giant performed ok but I wouldn't even consider it without the fan
    and turner. With those options it's a $150 investment.

    Hatch #2 starts 10/31.
     
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    whats hatch #2 gonna consist of ? [​IMG] inquiring minds want to know. [​IMG]
     
  3. PurpleChicken

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    Hatch #2 is going to be amazing.

    2 dozen of various varieties from both SpeckledHen & HinkJC.
    Plus a few more of mine to fill the gaps.
    I don't think it gets any better than that.

    Our flock is gonna ROCK!!! [​IMG]
     
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  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I could bring you some of my unhatched for a couple of hatched eggs??? [​IMG]
     
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:Sure. Hatching is fun. The chickies we don't keep will all be
    offered up for adoption to good homes.
     

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