Hi from far North Idaho

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Babsloveschickens, Feb 14, 2019.

  1. Babsloveschickens

    Babsloveschickens In the Brooder

    Feb 14, 2019
    Hello All!
    I've been reading the forum for the last couple of days and decided to join.
    I live in North Idaho and have had chickens for about 20 years, but I've only just
    now started incubating eggs from our own hens. Always ordered them online
    before and just thought it would be more fun and interesting to hatch our own. I have
    no idea why we waited so long.

    So, our eggs went into "lock down" today and I'm just hoping and praying that I did
    everything right. We initially put in 41 eggs. I culled about 5 that were not fertile in the beginning.
    There were about 4 that I suspected were quitters, but
    because I don't have any experience with this, decided to keep them in the incubator anyway, just in case I'm wrong. I water candled the remaining eggs today, before locking them down for the hatch. I've got 17 that floated and could definitely see movement. I had another 5 that floated but I couldn't detect movement, and I had 12 that sunk in the water, even though I had seen a good air cell the day before. :( I placed them all into the incubator regardless, just in case. I guess we'll see in a couple of days which ones are viable.

    I marked each egg, with an "O" for confirmed movement, a "?" for the ones that floated, but no movement detected, and an "X" for the sinkers. I did this so that next time, I would have a better idea which eggs were still viable and which should be culled before "lock down".

    Thank you all for your tips and participation, and thanks to the owner for this very helpful forum!
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I have never hatched chicks , others will be coming around to answer you later. Hopefully they will have experience.:welcome
  3. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Free Ranging

    Feb 5, 2018
    Northwest Oregon
    My Coop
    hello-smiley.gif Wow how exciting! I like your methodical approach to marking your eggs for the incubator! A great way to find out for yourself what's what. I've never hatched any myself yet... I'm just not at a place where I can deal with an abundance of cockerels... or actually even one here in the suburbs. What will you do with any boys you get? I'd love to hear about the final outcome of all those different marked eggs. Good luck!!
  4. TeenageRooster's Dad

    TeenageRooster's Dad Songster

    Feb 8, 2018
    Wildomar, CA
    3rd hatching for me and marking is a must. I tried re-using "fruits" stickers, the ones ISIS puts on but surprisingly they fall off.

    Jokes aside it's not just to mark the state / order but also the position which matters. I don't recall my uterine days very clearly but if the exit strategy would've been swapped on me I could've gone the wrong way...
  5. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

    Mar 21, 2016
    Maricopa, AZ. (near Phoenix)
    Hello, and welcome! Glad that you joined! I've never done the water test with mine so I can't help you with that. I only just candle mine.
  6. TeenageRooster's Dad

    TeenageRooster's Dad Songster

    Feb 8, 2018
    Wildomar, CA
    In no way an expert in hatching but you ought to be careful with the water test. I've had 2 hatching Brahmas with "poor buoyancy" before lock in that turned out just fine...

    Those big boned girls? Yea maybe. The hen also produces "scars" on her shells... extra calcium enough to tip the balance? dunno, but those 2 chicks just enlisted in the Navy.
  7. Leahs Coop

    Leahs Coop Songster

    Nov 5, 2018
    Hello and :welcome So glad you joined us! Good luck with your hatch!
  8. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Free Ranging

    Dec 26, 2018
    Welcome to BYC :frow:welcome
  9. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hello and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us and good luck with your hatch.

    This is a useful link of BYC guides to take a look at announcements-feedback-issues-guides.3 I’d suggest including your location using the guide in that link. You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find your State's thread.

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
  10. SongBaby33

    SongBaby33 ~~Glorious Songbaby~~

    Nov 15, 2018
    England, Devon
    My Coop


BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: