I did everything wrong from the get go but they're hatching great!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shawnalae, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. shawnalae

    shawnalae New Egg

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    First, I had my thermometer taped to the top of the incubator, so for the first week they were only at 91 degrees. Realized my mistake and corrected it, but thought the instructions said to remove the humidity the last three days, OOOPS. I had only filled the resevoirs a couple times anyway, and when they started pipping yesterday I got on this website to see how long it can take to hatch. That's when I realized I wasn't supposed to let them dry out, but to increase humidity...I also learned I'm not supposed to open the incubator AT ALL. Too late, I had opened it several times to get a better look already and since they were supposed to have the humidity, I opened it again to add the warm water to the resevoirs. After the first one hatched, it kept moving around and rolling the other pipping eggs, so I figured I'd already done everything wrong, I'd go ahead and put it in the brooder box. So far I have five beautiful babies born yesterday, and so far one has hatched this afternoon and three more are pipping. I'm going to leave the rest of the eggs in until the end of the week and see how many I get :)
     
  2. DirtCreature

    DirtCreature Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cool! happy for you! its such a gamble with hatching your own eggs! they are too cute! post more pics!
     
  3. Blue EE

    Blue EE Out Of The Brooder

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    New to posting on this site and you admitted to errors. That is so encouraging that people share the rough edges to their success stories. I have a hatch to happen next weekend ( first one since I was a kid) and am gathering items. The picture of your marbles in the water er reminded of one more thing to have in place. I still need to gather pine needles for bedding just in case it rains around hatch time and I will have them dry and ready.
     

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