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Incubator Humidity for French Black Copper Marans Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by valleyhoneybee, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. valleyhoneybee

    valleyhoneybee Out Of The Brooder

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    It was mentioned to me by someone with experience hatching French Black Copper Marans eggs in an incubator that FBCM eggs required a slightly higher humidity level do to the thickness of the shell. Any suggestions as to what the best humidity level for FBCM eggs in an incubator?

    (I have a hen setting on 10 eggs but only 1 of 20 successfully hatched in my last "under the hen" attempt (the eggs were mailed to me, which could have been the problem). I have another batch of eggs from a different FBCM line and am "out of Broody Hens! LOL! So, this will be my first FBCM incubator hatching attempt.)

    Thanks
     
  2. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine hatch great with "dry incubation". I try to keep the RH between 20 and 30%. During lockdown I aim for 80% or higher, but it often goes down to 65% during lockdown. All the eggs, including Welsummers, BBS Ameraucanas, Legbars and Barred Hollands get the same treatment, and all hatch well.

    I have noticed that the dark eggs (Welsummers too) hatch a day after the light colored (CCL and BH) eggs. No idea why, it had me concerned the first few times, I thought they weren't gonna hatch, now I just try to be more patient.
     
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  3. valleyhoneybee

    valleyhoneybee Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the information!
     
  4. littlesparrow11

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    Hey valleyhoneybee, do you sell any of your marans chicks? [​IMG]
     
  5. valleyhoneybee

    valleyhoneybee Out Of The Brooder

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    I actually had not thought about it! LOL! I would be willing to. I have a pullet that is about 2 months old and the chicks that just hatched last week. I am not sure about shipping them (I have never sold any before and the French Black Copper Marans are certainly not plentiful around here!)!). I am in Plymouth New Hampshire. I am also getting 12 Marans eggs sometime this week that am going to incubator hatch. How many and what age are you looking for?
    Melissa
     
  6. kissnpeeps

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    My husband said that one of the long time hatchers he talks to said he sprays his eggs down with warm water from a spay bottle when he opens his hatcher,has anyone out there ever tried this[​IMG]
     
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  7. kissnpeeps

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    I have only been hatching about a month or so,I am already addicted and want to keep all of my babies [​IMG]and I have about 98% hatch rate [​IMG]this is due to a great incubator and hatcher my hunny bought me!!! But I haven't had a great deal of luck on my black copper eggs yet.
     
  8. valleyhoneybee

    valleyhoneybee Out Of The Brooder

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    As a new "hatcher" of French Black Copper Marans I have talked with A LOT of people with FBCM. I had difficulty getting the eggs to hatch at first as well. What i have learned (& please remember I am NEW at FBCM hatching) is the eggs require slightly more humidity to hatch due to a slightly thicker membrane and shell (which, I am told, keeps more bacteria out of the egg than other types of chicken eggs). BUT, a word of caution, don't get too humidity happy or the chick will drown while attempting to hatch.
     
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  9. kissnpeeps

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    If the warm mist from spraying works I will let you know[​IMG]
     
  10. kissnpeeps

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    We have started a pretty good flock of Marans and I want to hatch a lot of FBC eggs [​IMG]they are such friendly little babies
     

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