I don't believe it! UPDATE WITH PICS

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by magikchick, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    I had 6 silkies hatch on Friday night into early Saturday morning. One egg didn't do anything and I was ready to give up on it. Well a few minutes ago it hatch a lovely little splash.

    So I started with 12 eggs. Three were infertile, 2 didn't go very far. When I broke them open it looked like scrambled egg. So I had 7 left and all 7 hatched. [​IMG] [​IMG] That gives me a 100% hatch. Not bad for my first time in my home made incubator.

    However I'm exhausted in last 21 days I haven't slept more then 4 hours a night. And the last two night of the hatch I slept maybe 2 hours a night.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2007
  2. jenlynn4

    jenlynn4 Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    what a great suprise! So glad they did so well! JEN
  3. Pringle_Sussex

    Pringle_Sussex Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    [​IMG] congrads magikchick [​IMG]... woah you hadn't had much sleep? now thats what i call dedication! take some pics and post them when you can i'd love to see them [​IMG]
  4. congratulations, yes show us some baby pics, how can you survive on such little sleep?? man i get really stircrazy on less that 6 hours.
  5. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    You deserve to go to sleep and not get out of bed for 12 hours.[​IMG]
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Told ya it's addicting!!!...lol..glad you had such a good hatch...welcome to hatching addictions....
  7. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    Here's a group shot of the 6 silkies


    This is the outside of the incubator I built. I used an outside heat source, a flood light with a dimmer on it. The top was a picture frame that I cut a hole for. I could open it to turn the eggs instead of taking the whole top off. I had a 4" fan on the inside. I put tinfoil in front of it to cut down on the force of the air flow. My water pan was under the wire rack I put the eggs on. At hatching I flooded the bottom to increase the humidity.

    I only turned the eggs twce a day at 7am and 7 pm. I turned the eggs morning and night of the 18th day and put the humidity up to 60%. After the eggs had pipped I uped the humidity up to 70-75%. I found that when my temp was at 100 with the humidty at this level is when the eggs would hatch.

    This is my last little hatch 2 days after the others.
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Aw, how sweet! I see that familiar meat injector syringe, LOL! Great incubator tool, isn't it?
  9. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    what's a meat injector syringe?
  10. Mareloo

    Mareloo Songster

    Oct 28, 2007
    South Africa
    Yea.. fess up on thous expert secrets..


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