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Hatching Goose eggs

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Hungarylife, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. Hungarylife

    Hungarylife Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 goose eggs from my pair in the incubator, they are at day 14. Up until 3 days ago the temperature and humidity were perfect, I just have some water in the middle section.

    But, I seem to have lost control of the humidity. The water in the middle now makes it go too high, if I take it out it goes too low. I have resorted to putting a damp piece of kitchen towel in and out as required, but of course, when I leave it overnight, or if I go out it dries up and the humidity goes too low again.

    I candeled the eggs 3 days ago and was thrilled to actually see a heartbeat and movement in them all. I candeled again last night and now I think they may have died. How long should I leave it before I give up on these eggs? Can the eggs withstand these variations and stay viable?

    What am I doing wrong?

    If I lose these I can take some more from the nest as Geraldine is still laying.

    Help[​IMG]
     
  2. I wouldnt give up just yet. The problem hasnt been happening long enough to kill them. I know people that run a dry incubator until hatch date then add water and it doesnt bother the eggs. Sometimes at the mid point, which you are near at 14 days you wont see much movement. Have you been misting the eggs? If not that maybe your problem. Misting every other day is the best to keep humidity. Also is your incubator a forced air or a still air? Forced air can sometimes dry it out too quick which is where misting really comes in handy. I mist the eggs regardless of what they kind of bator they are in. Also the outside elements can alter the humidity, a dry day out can lower it and a rainy day can raise it.
    I really dont think you lost your eggs. If you did i dont believe it was from the humidity fluctuation.
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2015
  3. Hungarylife

    Hungarylife Out Of The Brooder

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    Here we go then...stress levels building![​IMG]

    I am at day 24 of my goose egg incubating. So far all seems well and the chicks are still alive [​IMG]

    My question is, do I stop turning now? The air sacs are well developed and have dipped a bit.

    What day do I go in to lock down again please?

    Keep talking to me it's the only way I'll stay sane. This is my 1st time with goose eggs! HELP!!!
     
  4. Lockdown begins when they internally pip into the air cell. Thats when you stop turning
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2015
  5. badgerdogbren

    badgerdogbren New Egg

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    Oh boy so much to know. I have 4 goose eggs being shipped to me and I have never used an incubator before. We have a goose who went really broody on us so I was going to give them to her but now I think she has given up. So I bought a little giant cheap bator at TS. I did not by the turner thing it looked like it only held chicken eggs. It's a still air. I ready to turn them 3 times per day. I just don't know about the water part that is unclear. Add water? Not add water? Just mist them? Help!!
     
  6. Hungarylife

    Hungarylife Out Of The Brooder

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    Help! [​IMG]

    1 of my 3 goose eggs has pipped internally, but the other 2 are about 24 hrs away I think.

    What do I do? I will stop turning the 1 but do I lock down or wait for the others?

    I need to up the humidity now for that 1, but will it harm it to wait another 24 hours?

    If the others do not pip in the next 24 hours do I assume they are not going to or shall I remove to somewhere else warm ( not another incubator as I don't have another one).
     
  7. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stop turning. Stop opening the lid. The humidity drops when you open it. The goslings need to position themselves to hatch. Don't expect all 3 to hatch the same day. If they aren't all out at day 3, take the hatched ones out than check the egg.
     
  8. Hungarylife

    Hungarylife Out Of The Brooder

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    The humidity has run at 10 % the whole time as I couldn't get it under control with the fan going.

    Shall I up the humidity now then, before the others have pipped?
     
  9. Hungarylife

    Hungarylife Out Of The Brooder

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    And breathe, after re reading the fantastic incubation guide put on here by Chicken Obsessed, I realise that I do not alter any settings just yet. [​IMG]

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] This is me at the moment!
     
  10. Hungarylife

    Hungarylife Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, overnight I have had 1 chick external pip the wrong end, so I have very carefully removed a small bit of shell and I am keeping and eye on the membrane.

    1 egg is internally pipped correctly.

    All 3 eggs are rockin and rollin all over the place and they are chirping too.

    I have gone to lock down and am trying to up the humidity. I have filled the water tray and put a bowl of water in there but it still won't go above 43%

    As they have been dry incubated and the humidity was 10% on the hygrometer I'm beginning to think it is faulty. The windows are all steamed up now.

    It feels very warm and humid in there so I think I will leave it at that and see what happens, unless anyone has any ideas that could help me.

    How do you test a hygrometer? i think I need to do that after all this.

    Wish me luck[​IMG]
     

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