I seen it moving in the egg!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Pepurr, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Pepurr

    Pepurr In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2011
    Bernalillo, NM
    I made a candling box today, and tested it out tonight. I was so surprised to see one moving inside the egg! I was very happy because it was the first time I had successfully did that. Before that, I was worried about the eggs.

    I have them in a home made incubator. It it heated with a light bulb, and I control the temp by leaving the lid space open a bit, or closing it. There is a pie pan in the bottom for water. It is directly below the light, so it is good at raising the humidity. I got worried a few times when I checked the temp, and it was 106 degrees. A lot of the times, I check it in the morning and it will be at 90 degrees.

    So with the temp swinging between 90 & 106, I was thinking they were probably all dead. I guess I was happily wrong. [​IMG]

    They have been in there for two weeks today. I should have some moving in the egg by now, shouldn't I? This is my first attempt at hatching eggs, so any advise is welcome.

    One other thing. I was watching a show about a man who hatched out some turkey eggs. Before they hatched, he would make peeping sounds, and the baby chicks responded. He also made sure he was the first being the chicks seen when they hatched. The chicks imprinted on him, and thought he was their mother. Have any of you did things like that?

    Thanks from a happy hatcher. [​IMG]

  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio

    Congrats on your egg candling! So glad you've seen movement, and that is so exciting, isn't it! It is amazing that your temps have varied so much but you've got life in those eggs.....Fabulous!

    I do talk to my eggs when I hear peeping in the incubator. I'll bet lots of people do.

    Take care and let us know how your hatch goes! It's such a learning experience. Sometimes incubation is really challenging.

  3. chkinut

    chkinut Songster

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    congrats! hatching is extremely addictive!! and yes, i peep at mine and cluck at them as well. if you spend lots of time loving on them and clucking to them when they first go in the brooder, they will definately see you as "mother hen".

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