Hen quit setting at day 16

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by coolchik, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. coolchik

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    So.... It's happened again. My Silkie, Gypsie has decided to stop at day 16. I'm so mad at her! She did this last spring too at day 18 and I lost all my chicks. I have no idea how long she's been off the nest, but I've brought them inside and under a soft white 100 bulb. I do not have an incubator, my neighbor is going to bring me hers when she gets home from work. Do you think this will be okay until I get them In The bator, and what temp should they be at on day 16? How about humidity? I need help please! I told myself if she quit, I would call it done. But I cannot give up on these chicks. It's also freezing outside, it's late March, today it's 40 and cloudy and last night it was in the high 30s. I have no idea how long she was off the nest. Is it worth this headache?
     
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  4. coolchik

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    The bulb is so high over the eggs, not right on top of them. It's the only thing I have until 2:30 eastern time! I put a thermometer in there but it's not even climbing. I'm a hot mess right now
     
  5. nchls school

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    Your eggs must not get over 102 degrees. Use a 20 watt bulb and place it far enough away so that the temperature is between 95 and 100 by the eggs; that should keep the embryos alive until the incubator arrives.
     
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    Even a temperature of 90-95 should keep the eggs alive.
     
  8. nchls school

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    Work with what you have. Position the light far enough away so that the temperature stay under that 102 mark.
     
  9. coolchik

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    I have the incubator now, it's been running for 3 hours now, it's only at 95. Should j put them in now or wait until it has more time to fluctuate? I remember last time I used this incubator I put the eggs in before i went to bed at 100 degrees and when I got up it was waaay over... I only have an outdoor thermometer and its in the cooler right now but I don't know if it's accurate for an incubator. I have no choice but to trust the thermostat once I put them in the incubator.i hope it's not too late for these little guys.
     
  10. Jenna14Chicken

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    I don't no any thing about incubation I've never bred chickens before I'm just hoping the best of luck to u and hope they make it
     

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