I did everything wrong...and still hatched!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DonkeysandDucks, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. DonkeysandDucks

    DonkeysandDucks In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2007
    N.W. Louisiana
    Several weeks ago, after coyotes killed several of my chickens I decided to try my hand at incubating some eggs. I had an old incubator in my classroom that I'd never used. I bought an automatic turner and a thermometer/barometer thingy. For 5 days I tried to get a constant temperature. NOPE! But I got CLOSE! I put in 15 of my eggs and 20 from a friend. Could I maintain a constant temp? NOPE...somedays it was 95, some days it was 105. Could I maintain any sort of humidity? NOPE...it averaged 40 percent. I added water cups, I opened the lid too many times, just to have a little peek... On the 18th day, I snatched the top off, zoomed the eggs out, jerked the auto turner out and the wire screen in, and zoomed the eggs back in. On the morning of day 21, THERE WAS A CHICK!!! Then there were 4...then 11...then 19! It was like that old Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles". I finally ended up with 21 chicks!

    I never dreamed, after all my mistakes, that any would hatch. I was hopeful that I might get 3 or 4 just for the experience of hatching. Thank God that Mother Nature is smarter than we are!

    I love this chicken thing!!!
  2. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Crowing

    Mar 1, 2007
    Congrats on the new babies! What kind are they? I can't wait to see some pics of the fuzzy butts [​IMG]
  3. chickiepoo

    chickiepoo Songster

    Jun 28, 2007
    coastal South Carolina
    Congratulations! You never know till you try![​IMG]

    Maybe I'll luck up like that. I have three Ameraucana eggs that I was concerned wouldn't fit with the others under the broody, so I '''rigged" a makeshift incubator. I've had temperature fluctuations much like what you described, and am looking at sometime the first of the week for time for them to hatch. Starting to increase humidity now.
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Way to go! [​IMG] That's super exciting!
  5. chickensista

    chickensista Songster

    Feb 23, 2008
    Wonderful! [​IMG] I'm incubating my first eggs now and you give me hope.
    Congrats on the new fuzzbutts! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. DonkeysandDucks

    DonkeysandDucks In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2007
    N.W. Louisiana
    Let's see...there are Seramas, Cochins, and Austrolorps, possibly a Bearded Booted Belgium bantam (say that fast after a glass or two of wine...)

    I've separated the little bitty guys from the bigger Austros. I put the Austros in with 6 other chicks that I bought to raise in my classroom. Those guys are outside as of today, snugged up in their chicken tractor. The little guys are still under a light on the back porch.
  7. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    I have had the same stuff goin on. I candled the first time and saw 10 embryos. All the other ones are fertile but cant tell too much yet its only day 4. Thanks for giving me hope too!
  8. metcalfmk

    metcalfmk In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2008
    Huntsville, TX
    Good job! Hope my hatch rate is good too! Happy hatching!
  9. Shelby

    Shelby In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2007
    Lauderdale, MS
    Congrats on the hatch!
    I did everything right with my last batch, I did everything but sit on them myself......no luck at all. Temps perfect, humidity correct, nothing! Seems like everyone can hatch Seramas but me. [​IMG]
    I will try just one more time with these, the other hatches (cochins, jungle fowl, silkies) have all been great.
  10. ChickNLittle

    ChickNLittle Songster

    Mar 22, 2008
    Folkston, Georgia
    Very Good DonkeyDuck. You know, ever since I've been using a bator instead of a toaster oven, my temps have never really stayed regulated. I don't know why. Every house is different, the weather is different. I think as long as you don't "Cook" them there is a chance of hatching them. I wouldn't let it get over 104 for very long. But if you are opening the bator, it shouldn't. Everyone has their own methods and I say "whatever works". I think there are a lot of factors involved. So congratulations, YOU DID IT! So when does the next batch go in. [​IMG]

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