Hatching Day MARCH 25 (first time using incubator) ANYONE ELSE?

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Happy Camper, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. Happy Camper

    Happy Camper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set this batch (9 eggs) on March 4th at night. So I am expecting hatch day to be March 24 or 25!

    I started candling couple days ago and all are ok. I saw some movement today in at least 6 of them... the rest are hard to see cause they look "freckled" when I candle.

    This is my second incubation experience (first one was with a homemade incubator and only one hatched). This time around I have a store bought incubator, but I am still turning the eggs by hand cause I love to candle and I just thought I could do it. Besides, is a small "trial" batch.

    Depending on the success I have w/ this batch I will be setting 20 eggs right after this first hatch. Can't wait!

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  2. Saskfarmgirl

    Saskfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    My eggs are due to hatch March 24. I set 27 ISA second generation eggs on March 3. All were fertilized. Lost 1 first day, lost another day 6 and I think I lost 1 more yesterday. Will be more thorough when I candle day 10. I had a few hard to see shells so I made super easy coffee can candler (LED bulb) and then I use LED flashlight with empty toilet paper roll on top of egg. The apple iPhone flashlight works great too. With the double light you can see alot.
     
  3. bethk

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    I have 21 eggs due march 27! Some are darker brown or green so harder to candle but I think all or most are developing! We are going to need a bigger chicken coop. So excited!
     
  4. Happy Camper

    Happy Camper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Saskfarm... Just out of curiosity... how do you know the egg is lost on day 1? Is very hard to see the embryo then... By the way , thanks for the candling tips!
     
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  5. Happy Camper

    Happy Camper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beth...Green eggs??!!!!!! Can u post a pic??? I have only seen those in pictures. Where I am from those are pretty rare... I have a hen with green legs and for some time I thought she may end up laying green eggs (hahahaha)... she did not. But her eggs are HUGE!
     
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  6. Saskfarmgirl

    Saskfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I didn t pull it out till day 5. But when I cracked egg open there was just the blood ring no formed embryo. The one that made it to day six was quite formed. I lost another day 7. Now I am in crisis mode because my thermometer got all screwed up. Trying to manage with cheap one till tonight. My honey in city and bringing me back a reptile one they swear is great. It sucks living in Canada have to order everything online even though we are close to Regina. I hope they make it. I will be so upset if they don t.
     
  7. Happy Camper

    Happy Camper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How's the weather there? Canada is one of my dream places to visit!!!

    Hope you get a good thermometer...
    My first incubation experience was w/ a homemade styrofoam container.
    Just one chick hatched (out of 8) ... I used two drug store baby thermometers
    and worked ok... humidity was where I messed up [​IMG]

    I was not controlling or measuring it... most chicks died on the last stages. Lesson learned.
    Please keep us POSTED!
     
  8. Saskfarmgirl

    Saskfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Getting nicer 2c today. We have so much snow where I live. It is going to be so wet here this spring. Snow is as high as are barn where it drifted. I am originally from northern Mb moved here 3 years ago. I love Canada, the farm but no good fishing here like back home. Thank goodness temp stable. My hygrometer has always been bang on. I candled and they were slow moving but it was better lower temps that letting them over heat. Not touching them now till Thursday. Funny thing is we live 2 hrs from boarder and I have never been to the states. One day...
     
  9. Happy Camper

    Happy Camper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never seen snow... can you imagine? I live in an island that is a territory of the US but is not in the mainland. I have been to the States but never seen snow. Maybe when I visit Canada... hahaha... what breed are your Chickens?
     
  10. Irishgirl

    Irishgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have ducks and geese on the 24thish. Need a hatch buddy? This is my first time with goose, 2nd time with duck, and I've forgotten how many chicks I've hatched.
    Good luck with your hatch!
     

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