How long to HATCH?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Gandshobbyfarm, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. Gandshobbyfarm

    Gandshobbyfarm New Egg

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    I have recently added Miniture Bantams to my flock and one Rooster with them. This morning my little blonde girl is setting on her nest and I am going to let her go ahead and hatch these. I think it is apox 28 days to incubate but wanted some experienced help. [​IMG]
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    It is 21 days, but some of the very small breeds (Seramas, for example) are approx. 19 days.
     
  3. Gandshobbyfarm

    Gandshobbyfarm New Egg

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    They are Seramas, any suggestions? I have 7 Red Secklinks and have loved watching them grow and my wife and I love the eggs, but have never hatched any of them (no Roo for them).
     
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  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Blisschick said:

    I belong to a Serama forum, and the consensus is that Serama need lower humidity than most chicken eggs. It's suggested to keep the humidity about 40% for the first 18 days, then 60-70% the last three. I had 5 good eggs from a dozen, and all hatched.

    One thing that is mentioned often on the forum is that because Serama have no consistent size yet, very often the chicks will end up being too big inside a small shell. A lot of pre-hatch deaths happen because of this, not because of the incubation process. Unfortunately, you can't tell when this might happen, and there's nothing you can do about it.

    ae50mag said:

    i have tryed it both ways. if you have a sportsman 1502 add one pad for first 16-17 days then add second pad on the remaining days. and close vents part way... but i have always used 50-60% and then jump up from there... you have to see what works for you. but i have never ever had serama's take over 20 days to hatch. the temp is also important ---99.5-100.5 --- lower temp will delay hatch----

    but you folks have to see what works for you. plus a qhf 1502 is quite costly if this is a once in a while hatching hobby get a lower cost set up. if you hatch every year several times a year think hard about getting one.....


    frank

    Hope this helps!​
     
  5. Gandshobbyfarm

    Gandshobbyfarm New Egg

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    Thanks, I was planning on letting her set on the nest. I know some hens don't set very well but did not know about these.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If you ever hatch artificially, there are some particulars of the Seramas, as the preceding quotes suggest, and you may want to incubate yourself some day, but of course, the hen does it all for you. Not much you can do with her except let her do her thing, LOL! Good luck with that.
     
  7. Gandshobbyfarm

    Gandshobbyfarm New Egg

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    I was a little afraid to let them set this time of year but my step father an old NC Mountain man said they would be fine in the building I have them in. I have one heat lamp in there to keep it above freezing. Should I put another over her in their side?
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You could do that to be safe. Just as long as she is separate from the flock, which I think is best, and she is out of drafts, I think she'll do fine.
     
  9. Gandshobbyfarm

    Gandshobbyfarm New Egg

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    OK I feel like an expecting father. [​IMG] At what time should I seperate them? I can not do it today and the others are leaving her alone..
     
  10. peeps7

    peeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    I left my broody hen with the flock until she hatched her clutch and then I moved her right away.
     

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