Hatching early!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NaomiSarah, May 12, 2011.

  1. NaomiSarah

    NaomiSarah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's an odd hatch! I set the eggs 19 days ago and three have already pipped, but I just locked down yesterday. Silly little chickens. I have about 7 australorps and 13 "Austrashorns" (our nickname for a barnyard cross of australorp rooster and shaver/leghorn hens). One pipped half an hour after my final candle before lockdown! I should have locked down earlier. My only guess is that they incubated on the counter for a day before I set them because the temp/humidity has been perfect, although I missed a few rotations.

    Next hatch will be all bantams, I'm excited to see the colors I get from my itty bitty teeny tiny mille fleur bantam roos with my dutchie hens!!! I'll hatch a few mille fleur eggs too. They're unbelievably tiny!!!
     
  2. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    Did your incubator run a little high??
     
  3. NaomiSarah

    NaomiSarah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope, ran it between 98.5 and 100.3 for the whole hatch, humidity between 20-30%.
     
  4. NaomiSarah

    NaomiSarah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last timeI hatched these they were right on time at day 21, I think they must have started on the counter the day before I set them.
     
  5. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    Was it above 82 degrees on your counter? If so, then yes, they started developing...
     
  6. NaomiSarah

    NaomiSarah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure, I don't have a thermometer on my counter lol. But it was a warm day so I wouldn't be surprised. Upto 5 pips now!!!
     
  7. Stingrayg4

    Stingrayg4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had them hatch on the 18th day. This was under a hen though, not in an incubator. All of the chicks from that hatch did fine.

    -S
     
  8. NaomiSarah

    NaomiSarah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I have 5 chicks hatched now - all fine, fully developed except 1 with a severely crooked neck, which i posted about in the emergencies forum - it's still drinking and walking around and peeping and sleeping so I'm not gonna cull it unless it starts to struggle, just massaging the neck every couple hours.
     

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