hatching diaries - cochin crazy!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by slackwater, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. slackwater

    slackwater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, for the sake of sharing my hatching stories w/newbies and to keep myself on target...I plan to update the thread as I have new developments (and eventual pictures!)

    I bought a new Hovabator Genesis w/a turner. This will be my new "main" incubator, with my Brinsea Octagon Eco as backup for when I order too many eggs [​IMG]

    Anyway, join me in my journey! I promise to have some good pics of fluffy butts in the end [​IMG]


    BLUE COCHINS:

    July 16 - I received 12 blue cochin eggs (e-bay auction). All came intact, several may have had problematic air cells (I'm not good at figuring this out).

    July 17 - I set all 12 blue cochin eggs in the Hovabator, which had already maintained a constant temp for 3+ days. Center water well is fully filled. The "due date" for these eggs is August 7.

    July 26 - Candled today (day 9) - 2 clears, 3 quitters (all removed). I *think* the rest are still a go.


    GOLD LACED COCHINS:

    July 22 - I received 12 GL cochin eggs (e-bay auction) and 8 GL cochin eggs (BYC-er). All came intact. I didn't candle for air cells (not very good at it anyway).

    July 23 - I set all 20 GL cochin eggs in the Hovabator. The "due date" for these eggs is August 13.
     
  2. slackwater

    slackwater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so here's my update (for all of my imaginary followers):

    BLUE COCHINS

    Of those due to hatch 8/7 - candled 8/2. 6 alive & kicking, 1 quitter. Removed the quitter. Will put those into lockdown on Thursday.

    Rec'd another batch from a fellow BYC-er on 7/28. Let them sit overnight, set into the 'bator 7/29. Those are due to hatch 8/19.

    GOLD LACED COCHINS

    Of those due to hatch 8/13 - candled 8/2. Of the 8 from the BYC-er, 2 were clears, 1 quitter. Removed all three; remaining 5 looked great! Of the 12 from the e-Bayer, 1 was clear, 4 quitters (and one of those had quit with STYLE - my first ROTTEN egg!). Removed all five; the remaining 7 looked great!

    MISC

    Set 3 BBS Am and 3 olive eggers on 7/29, due 8/13.
    Set 7 BLRW on 8/2, due 8/23.

    CURRENT HATCH HOPES (this assumes no more quitters or clears, even on freshly set eggs)

    8/7 - 6 blue cochins
    8/13 - 12 gold laced cochins
    8/19 - 6 blue cochins, 3 BBS Ams, 3 olive eggers
    8/23 - 7 BLRW

    I will have mastered staggered hatching by the time this is all done!!! I'm just waiting for the first set to hatch so that I have more room in the 'bator to set again!!
     
  3. Delta3013

    Delta3013 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope your paln stays on track, and you have a LARGE succesful hatch.[​IMG]
     
  4. slackwater

    slackwater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BLUE COCHINS

    Set the first six in lock down on Thurs, 8/5. As of Saturday, 8/7, three have hatched. Will remove those tomorrow from the bator tomorrow and candle the stragglers to see if they have survived. All three are either a light blue or splashes. Need to upload pics!!!

    Of those due to hatch 8/19 - candled 8/7 (day nine). Two clears (removed), the remaining four look good.

    GOLD LACED COCHINS

    Of those due to hatch 8/13 - candled 8/7. All 12 looked good!

    MISC

    Of the BBS Ams and olive eggers due 8/13 - candled 8/7. One OE quitter, one OE clear & one Am clear. Removed those all. Other three look good (as far as I can tell in the darker eggs).

    Sat 8/7 - set eggs rec'd 8/5 = 4 BLRW, 5 frizzle cochins, 1 BCM, 4 BBS Marans and 4 olive eggers. Hatch date 8/28.

    LOL - I'm having a hard time keeping track, even while I'm recording it all here! I hope I've counted everyone! Gotta start posting pics of the first hatch! Only 3 more days until the next set goes into lockdown!
     
  5. slackwater

    slackwater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BLUE COCHINS

    First hatch stats:

    12 eggs set, due 8/7 - 2 clears, 4 early quitters, 3 late quitters, 3 hatched - HATCH RATE 25-30% (depending on whether you count the clears)

    Still waiting on 4 due to hatch 8/19 (will go into lock down Monday, 8/16)

    GOLD LACED COCHINS

    Of those due to hatch 8/13 - into lock down Wednesday, 8/11. Removed one (late quitter). Total remaining = 11.

    MISC

    Still due to hatch:

    8/19 - 2 BBS Ams, 1 OE

    8/23 - 2 (or 3) BLRW (bad hatch expected - poor shipping practices on part of seller)

    8/28 - 4 BLRW, 5 frizzle cochins, 1 BCM, 4 BBS Marans and 4 olive eggers
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2010

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