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Is It Normal To Be SO Nervous & Apprehensive?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gfcm, May 9, 2011.

  1. gfcm

    gfcm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My eggs go into lock down on Thursday. I noticed one was cracked the day before yesterday and then I go and drop one 5 minutes later and crack it! It didn't appear the membranes were broke, so I coated with finger nail polish. (I had to frantically wake up my 9yo grand daughter to get some nail polish!) lol

    My bator is home made and at 1st I had problems with minor fluctuations in temp and humidity. Honestly, I think I was just messing with it too much! And now; I candled the two cracked ones along with a few more since I'm getting so close to lock down. I don't want any bad eggs in there! They are just fine! They were active too! (Whew!)
     
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  2. bds613

    bds613 Out Of The Brooder

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    perfectly normal!!![​IMG]
     
  3. RonnieAtkeson

    RonnieAtkeson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive candled eggs at day 5 (to impatient to wait till day 7) and have found cracks in them. I didnt coat them with anything and they still hatch for me. You would think bacteria would jump right in there but ive found that they actualy do fine. Its happened a few times to me, usualy just 1 maybe 2 eggs though. I marked them so if they didnt hatch I could blame the cracked egg but they have hatched the few times I did it.
     
  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    Very normal [​IMG] It doesn't matter how many times you do it, there's always a little apprehension. My latest hatch just started pipping today & I doubt I'll be getting any sleep tonight.
     
  5. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

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    It's ok! [​IMG] Also I have found that candle wax dripped on the crack works fantastically! Good luck to you!
     
  6. gfcm

    gfcm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I frantically searched on here and that's how I learned about the wax and/or nail polish. I didn't have any wax. I didn't have nail polish either, but knew my gb did! I was so tickled to see them moving today! I was so mad at myself when I did this! I checked out a book from the library to help keep me busy during lock down/hatching. I just now went and bought the last few things I needed for lock down and for the brooder. I have way too many age groups for my setup! (Sigh) I have 6 hens that just started laying, I have 3 chicks that are about 7 or 8 weeks, and a group of 22 chicks that range between 4-6 weeks. And hopefully 19 chicks that will hatch soon! lol

    A week ago, I treated the three for cocci. Then the youngest for the same yesterday. Lost a chick in that group yesterday from combination of failure to thrive/cocci. Then found out that one of the laying hens has gapeworm today. Treated them today. I'm a little stressed. My stomach has been killing me since the morning I dropped the egg.

    I think I'm getting ulcers again!
     
  7. Smith farm

    Smith farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL I've calmed myself down to checking every hour or so when I'm home it is hard though to not constantly check on them especially when it's your first hatch
     
  8. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Is It Normal To Be SO Nervous & Apprehensive?

    Anyone who isn't the first time (or two, three, four, five, or six!) they incubate eggs probably should be doing something else! [​IMG]
     
  9. gfcm

    gfcm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A.T. Hagan :

    Is It Normal To Be SO Nervous & Apprehensive?

    Anyone who isn't the first time (or two, three, four, five, or six!) they incubate eggs probably should be doing something else! [​IMG]

    lol I would have to agree with this! I guess it's logical for mothering (or fathering) personalities to be this way about 'Life'.​
     

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