Hatch 101

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MamaJesi, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. MamaJesi

    MamaJesi Just Hatched

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    We are 7 days into our first hatch. Weight is decreasing but our air sack is on the bottom of the egg?? Have we made a mistake?
     
  2. Mirei81101

    Mirei81101 Out Of The Brooder

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    Interesting. Can you provide pictures? Are you candling with the large end against the candler?
     
  3. MamaJesi

    MamaJesi Just Hatched

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    I will try to get a pic- we need to improve our method as it requires a lot of fumbling and hubby is at work




    WELLLLLL
    Our first peep just started early this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am so excited I chose to take time out of crazy life and share
    On day 14 we discovered we were candling wrong - it revealed we had 10 babies and 2 duds, sadly butter fingers dropped one baby

    So now we have 9 on the way with one peeping -- I am madly washing and getting a "pen" ready for them and of course our grandson Matt can't stop telling you how excited about all this he is-- but truth be told - I am more excited than him. Never had chickens growing up. Mom used to get us ducks at easter but they were already cute - there was not all this anticipation involved -- even if only one makes it - I'll be happy -- we really went about this kinda blindly and we have a lot of work ahead - like getting the baby chix coope set up and remodeling our raised big bird coop -- any advice on that??? We know we want do external brooding boxes - but it gets cold up here - insulation advice???

    Hatch 101 - 1 confirmed baby - grand kids want to call it tree man --- i said ok if it was a boy......
     
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2016
  4. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Go Habs Go Premium Member

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    Update?? How many hatched?? Congrats! [​IMG]
     
  5. MamaJesi

    MamaJesi Just Hatched

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    Well, there was some confusion oh my hubby's part. He insisted we needed to keep turning the eggs after day 18
    Long story short a big fat 0
    upon further investigation we found 4 were not fertile 4 died at various stages of growth and the peeper, well that one is on us.
    Grand kids took it surprisingly well, considering the oldest (6) had a melt down when the moth that was stuck in the truck got let out thru the window

    So we have started collecting again, however I need to review the vitamins and minerals info to see where we can improve our diet for better luck

    I also printed the Dry incubation article and forced hubby to read it -- no more opening the incubator

    We want to focus on hatching the Brahmas - Bantams but have a hard time telling their eggs from Thelma and Louise (black chickens - not sure of breed - will get pics and ask advice)
    Our end goal is to have tasty birds but have found a few people at work are willing to give us $4 for a dozen eggs - maybe they will pay for themselves besides being hecka entertaining -- I love the Bantam waddle -- kills me every time!!!!
     

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