Lockdown started, hope for a good hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BigOJoe, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. BigOJoe

    BigOJoe Out Of The Brooder

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    Just increased the water level in my brower bator, disconnected the turner. praying everything goes well.

    got 45 eggs (20 Black Copper Marans, 5 banty mix and 20 BCM/mix mix) all from my hens, put a lot of eggs in hopes of getting more than 1 or 2 chicks this time

    out of the last 4 hatchs I've only had 20% or less hatch rate. at least 60-70% of the eggs had almost fully mature chicks that were dead in their shells, after day 24 and no peeps [​IMG]

    so i am well aware that something has gone wrong during lock down. this go around, i got a better therometer/barometer, and been keeping a very close eye on everything.

    going to be a long 3 days or so
     
  2. EnaO

    EnaO New Egg

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    Good luck!
     
  3. BigOJoe

    BigOJoe Out Of The Brooder

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    day 20! one hatche, 2 peeping!!! [​IMG]

    a day early, but off to a good start!!

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  4. BigOJoe

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    these are the first 5 to hatch.

    3 are the BCM and 2 are most likely RR/BCM but they all look like the BCM, same daddy

    4 more are peeping and today is day 21. 32 un peeped so far.

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  5. BigOJoe

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    day 22: 16 hatched!! 3 more peeping!!
     
  6. SarniaTricia

    SarniaTricia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Go chickies Go......
     
  7. BigOJoe

    BigOJoe Out Of The Brooder

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    I think their done. Day 23, 26 hatched 45 eggs. of the 26, 1 didn't make it.

    of the remaining eggs, 2 peeped but hadn't zipped in almost 10 hours today, no movement, against my gut feeling, i left them alone, till now, and they had expired :(

    i haven't checked the rest, but this late in day 23, i'm thinking thats all

    my wife says that's plenty!

    the ending count is: 2 strawberry blond banty mix, 8 Black Cooper and 15 black cooper/mix. with the exception of the banties who are in a seperate room in the coop, all the others have the same Black cooper roo-daddy, and he has some very strong genes, because ALL the chicks look alike, i can't tell who is who!!! the mix chicks mommas are Road island reds, barbed rock and black stars

    can't wait to see what they look like when they grow up.


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