Incubating Silkies, need a little info

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ourlittleflock, May 28, 2010.

  1. ourlittleflock

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    [​IMG] I am having some silkie eggs sent out next Tuesday (7/1) to me. They will be my last hatch of the year and I want them to do well.. I have hatched seramas malaysians 3x different times is year (first year ever incubating) but I leave them at 60-65% the whole time and they hatch on day 19 - I have never hatched any other chicks.. so I just want to get the run down for the best way to hatch silkies..

    once they arrived - how long do they need to sit? (with the pointy end down)
    temp and hum. for the first 18 days.
    temp and hum. for lockdown?
    hatch day - 21
    any other info I may have missed?

    thanks so much for any help - I just want them to do good [​IMG]
     

  2. sonew123

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    Quote:OK ready?? hello... first of all-

    let them sit for at least 12-24 hours pointy side down
    99.5-102 35-45% humidity for 18 days
    same temp 65%-75% during lockdown
    dont get into that bator during lockdown no matter how hard it is
    even if it pips it could be like that for a whole 24 hours-BE PATIENT
    let mother nature take its course did I say BE PATIENT:)???

    wish you best of luck!
     
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  3. ourlittleflock

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    thanks so much
     
  4. ourlittleflock

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    one more question

    do they need to sit 12-24 hours at room temp?
     
  5. Ms.FuzzyButts

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    Quote:Yes.
     
  6. sonew123

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    Quote:yes:) dont freak out either when you put them in bator and you lose temp and humidty-it always happens but will come back up and stabalize
     
  7. This is what I do.

    When I get shipped eggs I let them come to room temp (around 2 or so hours), and put them in the incubator pointy end down. I unplug the turner for the first 24 hours. After that, I moniter air sacs to make sure they are growing at the proper rate. I do not add any water to the incubators, instead I mist the eggs every day or every other day. I stop turning on day 18 and bump the humidity to around 70% but I have had it as high as 80% with no ill effects.
     
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  8. ourlittleflock

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    thanks so much everyone - this is why BYC is GREAT!!!! any help any time
     
  9. mlove

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    Good luck with your eggs.
     

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