I DID IT!! 83% First time! THANK YOU TO ALL HERE!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HemiChickenMama, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. HemiChickenMama

    HemiChickenMama New Egg

    Apr 28, 2008
    Please bear with me as my husband and I were just thrilled that we tried our first incubation and ended up (so far) with 83% hatch rate (two are still in 'bator til I know they're dry and will make it). Set 18 eggs, 15 hatched (YES, I went ahead and 'helped' the last two - next time I WILL NOT open the box to do 'this and that' at the end of the hatch, they got too dry). I also have one little one with splayed legs - they are now taped and he's in a bowl with dry wash cloth and bedding - just til he will quit trying to walk til they're strong enough to hold him. I wanted to also say 'THANK YOU' for all the messages I've read on these boards helping us with everything from the very start. And it is true that too little humidity during 1-18 days is better than too much. We have a Hova Bator Incubator 1602-N with turner and I only added a little water when I remembered to as I candled them on days 7 and 14. We then added a lot on day 19. I did have a little problem getting the temperature to hold steady, but it never fluctuated more than 2 degrees. Most of the time it was around 100, though. I'm now going to clean the incubator and keep collecting eggs til we can fill it and see what happens this time.... Again. BLESS YOU ALL for the wonderful information I've found here!
  2. coopist

    coopist Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    Midwest U.S.
    Congratulations on a successful first hatch.
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
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    Great job!!...
  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    YAY! Congrats!!! I hope I am as successful as you!!! [​IMG]

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  5. Yogiman

    Yogiman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2008
    South Louisiana
    Way to go! Congrats. I hope I have that kind of success with my first hatch coming up. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so excited for you!!! [​IMG]
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Congrats on your chicks! You did a great job hatching!
  8. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    That is so great! I had 0% my first time, so you are doing so super!!! Post some fluffu pics [​IMG]
  9. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 1, 2007
    Congrats on a first hatch [​IMG] You did a great job! [​IMG]
  10. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    Congrats on your new babies!

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