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INCUBATING w/FRIENDS! come HATCH, LEARN, & Chat! w/hosts, Sally Sunshine & BantyChooks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sally Sunshine, Nov 1, 2015.

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  1. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    Good Morning! temp range the first week is scary RANGE 80-100 have you candled these eggs since? @BG2heum
    Everyones comments are pretty spot on, do you understand that you are trying to achieve a goal weight loss in the egg, so you have to watch the air cell or weigh eggs from the start to keep track of this loss.
    Humidity is not a set number as said, its all about what that egg needs to achieve correct weight loss in the majority of your eggs.

    Hatching Eggs 101 - BackYard Chickens Community
    Does your incubator have a fan in it?

    With a Forced Air Incubator (fan model) you can get the best hatch rate by keeping the temperature at 99.5º F. throughout the entire incubation period. HOWEVER, when using a Still Air incubator (no fan) at 102º F. The reason for different temperatures is that with a fan model the circulating air warms all around the egg while still air temperatures are warmer at the top of the egg than at the bottom. The temperature is measured at the level where the embryos develop (at the top of the egg). A high temperature tends to produce early hatches. A consistently cooler temperature tends to increase incubation times and produce weakened chicks. In both cases the total chicks hatched will be reduced. Prepare your incubator and run it for several days before adding eggs, to be positive you are maintaining correct incubation temperature.

     
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    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    I know is gorgeous! I was just telling WV that! and if my roosters notice too, and if they dont shut up I am going to show them what usps just dropped off.... Ronco 5250
     
  3. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Father Time Premium Member

    10-4 on the Ronco!
    Mine have been molting hard for seems like forever, and egg production dropped off the charts, like everyone else's. However, much to my surprise, each one of my girls presented me with an egg yesterday; first time since one hen went broody in June!

    Not sure whether it's the molt finally winding down, or the KFC bucket I put in the run.
     
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  4. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Sally Sunshine Thanks! I will be sure to keep my hands off over the next 3 days! I have both vents open which also allows me to add water to the towel and the reservoir every couple hours. (I'm assuming that is okay)
     
  5. Sally Sunshine

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    HA HA I need to try that as well!!

    The brahma havent laid an eggs since April or something, serama are sporadic giving dozens and then nothing, and the CCL are messing with me I swear! one minute I get all pullet eggs and then I get all hens eggs and then I dont get any!! We switched coops over the weekend and of course I promised rossfarms eggs next week and they are scared to lay anything!!! I give up! I think I need to throw a BBQ and search all new breeds for a breath of fresh air! ha ha ha

    of course! they need ventilation ! how did your air cells look at day 18? your on target?
     
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    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    Did I welcome you to BYC? I keep answering questions and forget to say hello and welcome to everyone!
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    Welcome everyone that is new here!

    everyone is so helpful on ALL the threads here!! you can come and go ask anything and your always welcome! [​IMG]
     
  7. Blarneyeggs

    Blarneyeggs Overrun With Chickens

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    Really? Awwww. I answered you somewhere - FB PA Farm girl thread? Slow and steady here. I'm able to drive again, so yay! Or boo. Depends on how you look at it. My goal today is to visit my Mom. I'm taking a break after exhausting myself by showering, ha! Thought I'd add, an interesting side effect of having others do my chores is that I actually have finger nails. Weird.
     
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  8. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This was day 17 since I locked them down early. Referencing other photos I believe they were good. What are your thoughts?
     
  9. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    I know your pain, nothing like sweating taking a shower right? ughhh I had fingernails this year, quite a few times... eeeekkk but still not the hands to go with them [​IMG] keep healing [​IMG]glad everyone is pitchin in!

    yup you could have lost just a tad more but they look like they will be good but I see one the other may be a tad lower though, I see you found the trick about the food color so you can see water level [​IMG] and I am glad to see you have them so you can see when the chicks pip! good luck! let us know when you see a pip!
     
  10. Blarneyeggs

    Blarneyeggs Overrun With Chickens

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    How is it going? Are you sitting on your hands? I have found that my bantams hatched earlier, so yes, an earlier pip.. :jumpy
     
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