hatching questions!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kanchii, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    So one of the eggs (the one I could feel moving yesterday. That guy must be strong!) has pipped! Unfortunately, it happens to be the egg at the oddest angle from the window, so i can't get a picture! Drat.

    I HAVE A QUESTION!
    3, actually.

    Ok #1) I just noticed there is some cloudy white stuff leading away from several of the eggs. I dont see any cracks, though it could be from something on the bottom, though I don't know why they'd be pipping from the bottom... What is that liquid? I'll try to get a picture if I can.

    #2) My incubator has these two little plugs that you're supposed to use to let out the humidity so that the hatched chicks can dry better. But, what if some of them still haven't hatched? I don't want to leave the babies that have hatched in there for a day or anything while I wait for all of them to hatch before taking the humidity away. Or is it not such a big deal?

    #3) THEY ARENT SUPPOSED TO BE HATCHING TILL THURSDAY! When I put them in, it was in the middle of the NIGHT on a thursday. So I wasn't even expecting them until tomorrow night. Yet here they are, starting to hatch. Well, one, anyway. The temperature has been between 100-102 all the time (these hovabators only function like that. it gets up to 102 and the heat turns off, then when it slides down to 100 it turns back on. really annoying.) and since its NOT forced air, that was what they were supposed to be at. I'm just worried that they are hatching so early. AND since they are hatching pretty much 3 days early, i rotated them THIS MORNING and added the extra water for the humidity just this morning. Haven't they not had it enough? Gah. I'm so worried... But hopeful.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Hi!
    #1) I have never seen the white cloudy stuff you mention, but it doesn't sound good to me.

    #2) I don't use the vent plugs at all during incubation, but I think if you have the humidity where you want it, I'd leave it like it is til they finish hatching.

    #3) Your temps sound *just right*!
    So you set them early AM on the 28th?
    That *should* have them hatching early on the 19th.
    You increased humidity and stopped turning on the 16th and that sounds right.

    Congratulations!

    Lisa
     

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