If at first you don't succeed....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickBond 007, May 2, 2009.

  1. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

    Feb 26, 2009
    Madison County, Iowa
    try, try again !
    Look what has hatched in the last 24 hours at my house:

    Yes, that's right, the woman with the dismal 9% first hatch rate has finally figured it out! [​IMG]
    There you will see 10 wheaton marans and 2 buff orps, and there's a wet Welsummer in the hatcher now and more pips to come! I'm on day 20 with a full bator, and pleased as punch!

    I just adore these wheatons. I think they are beautiful.

    Many of you know that I hosted a thread called "Newbies First Hatch" and awarded Al6517 a 6month Golden Feather Memebership for having the best hatch of all newbies listed based upon percentage and total eggs set. What that thread doesn't say is that "I" had the worst hatch of all listed, and was pretty discouraged.
    However, I did my BYC research ! I read a "novel" of a thread about humidity and listened the 'dry hatch' people. It worked.
    Here's what I did differently:
    *I attempted to keep day 1-18 humidity at 38% (no higher) and didn't add water until the humidistat said "21%".
    *Day 19-21 I went to 65% (or around there) as humidity rose as eggs hatched.
    *I chose NOT to candle (mostly). I was incubating very dark eggs (marans and welsummers), and I couldn't see anything the first time I did these. I chose to use "my nose" and watched for a stinker in the bator. I kept those eggs WARM consistently and didn't bother with the temp drop by candling.

    Anyway ! I'm egg-cited! Can you tell? Now, I'm as smart as any dumb-cluck hen!
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm so proud of you!!! Told you there was a learning curve on this thing. Excellent!!!!! [​IMG]
  3. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

    Feb 26, 2009
    Madison County, Iowa
    <<blush>> thanks. Now the real deal is that I'm completely addicted ! Success breeds spending when it comes to incubating. LOL
  4. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    Success breeds spending. I never heard it put that way exactly, but man did you nail it! BTW, congratulations on your hatch! That is great!!!!
  5. Sammysmom

    Sammysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2008
    Saint Johns, AZ
    Congratulations on your hatch!! [​IMG] It can be intoxicating! Every time I fill my 'bator, I'm looking for eggs for the next batch!![​IMG]
  6. Nemo

    Nemo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    N'rn Wisconsin
    Yeah! [​IMG]

    I had my first hatch this week. I have two new chicks, out of nine in the 'bator, with three candling clear.

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