hatching with egg cartons-Update-

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozark hen, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    This is the first time I have tried this method. First chick hatched about fifteen minutes ago. It pipped a few hours ago causing much excitement in the household. I stupidly miscounted the days till hatch. I had two incubators running. One day apart. Since I had only one hygrometer I saved it for the bator that has my blue orp eggs in it. On the day that I thought was day 18 I combined both incubators into one. then when I realized my mistake on timing I kind of lost it with myself [​IMG]
    Now on recounting it is either day 19 or day 20 for the first batch of eggs. I put them in at about 9 a.m. on both mornings. I read somewhere that if they go into the bator in the early a.m. you count that day as day 1? Not sure but ignorance just might be bliss here. I have been talking to the eggs.... [​IMG] and this afternoon I heard a cheeping. [​IMG]
    About 1/2 hour ago I heard loud cheeping and ran to the bator....low and behold..... [​IMG] here is the first pic of it hatching...which so far I am quite pleased with the carton method.
    pics shown below due to error ...my fault here.
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2008
  2. thechickman04

    thechickman04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    congratulations but i cant see the picture
     
  3. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    I can't either, let me try again.
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    these are in reverse order
    I believe it is a buff orp mix from the pretty red gold feathers and the feet
     
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  4. thechickman04

    thechickman04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you put the eggs in the eggs cartons after eighteen days?
     
  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Now the eggs were removed from the turner and placed in the egg cartons on the last couple days of hatching. I was reading where someone tried this and it made sense to me. He/she said that a lot of chicks drown in the last couple days due to other chicks hatching and rolling the eggs around. Supposedly, being in the carboard egg carton keeps the eggs in an upright position and it makes the egg more stable for the hatching chick. Supposedly it doesn't wear out the little chick as much since it is like someone is holding the egg still for him to hatch out of it. Makes a perfect zip around the air pocket and comes out cleaner. My chick hatched beautifully and cleanly. Now mind you, this is only the first egg. But to me it made good sense so I thought I would give it a try.
     
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  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've had very good luck using egg cartons to hatch in.

    Good luck with the rest of your hatch! [​IMG] I've got some going into cartons tonight and tomorrow.
     
  7. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    thanks Katy, I think this may be the only way I hatch from now on. [​IMG]
     
  8. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations Ozark! [​IMG] Come on chickies!!!! [​IMG] keep us posted on the rest.

    Kim
     
  9. thechickman04

    thechickman04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when do you stop turning the eggs
     
  10. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    GOOD LUCK WITH YOURS,

    I just did my first hatch this way and I lost about 60 %

    I don't know why, They were all fine when I put them in the cartons, They all were suposed to hatch today and I just checked them because the progress seemed to stop.

    Candleing them showed most died :-(
     

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