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Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Sally Sunshine, Apr 20, 2016.
Good luck with the broody.
Just found this thread and joining in!
April 21: set 38 Salmon Faverolles eggs in the PM
May 12: expected hatch date
Background: I have had chickens going on 5 years....hatched chicks under broody hens many times. Set up 2 coops of Favs for breeding and decided to go with an incubator. Bought a Hovabator 1588 with digital humidity and temp, and auto turner. My humidity was running around 4-48% so took water out overnight, and now running around 35% humidity. I think I am going to let the water run out/not refill until day 18-4 days from now.
Tonight I plan on candling again and marking air sac to re check again on day 18 (wish I did that from the start.) Instead, I weighed them all, and re weighed again at day 11-realized that I was weighing in oz and everything I read is in grams. LOL and really hate to convert 38 eggs weights on 2 occasions to grams, then calculate weight lose (but I might!)
Advise?: I have eggs from 2 coops and am thinking that on lock down, I would like to keep them separate. I am thinking of getting plastic trays from the dollar store but read that the lil guys will climb right out of those? Any suggestions? I prefer not to put stockings or mesh bags over as I want to watch them hatch.
I've have had the same problem, with them climbing out of everything. Some people use the mesh laundry bags, some use baskets with wire mesh on top. I'm going to try both, to see what I like best. I'm sure there will be more suggestions!!!
Welcome. You can fashion baskets out of hardware clothe to contain them.
Ok so I went back and calculated for 20 of the 38 and most had about 6% weight loss by day 11. Is that close to target? Is there pretty consistent loss day to day or does it ramp up or down the first 10 days?
If 11 days is close to the half way mark (21 days) and they are supposed to lose aprox 7% half way through (14% total), then we are pretty close to target!
12 of the 20 had 6% loss
6 had 0% loss, and then a few in 10-12% loss : (thinking these were just outliers from weighing in oz)
one thing you can do to make weighing easier, is to weigh the entire dozen at a time and calculate weight loss that way. easier than each one individually!
personally I incubate a lot.. and weighing is too much work!
yay! I love SFs and BCMs. welcome!
they are so lovely! I have never heard of sweetgrass before
yay! broodies are the best
wow growing fast!
@Angiebubs WELCOME OVER!
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well, my hatch is complete! (I have another 14 going into lockdown today due on Sunday - blue laced red wyandottes from my flock)
I won half a dozen eggs from the easter HAL contest from @MyPetChicken .....
intense color hatching eggs!
they sent me 7 instead of 6. so nice...
5 eggs made it to lockdown, and 2 were clears/never started developing.
all 5 hatched! Here they are!
This is the Olive Egger. He/she is all black with feathered legs and black shanks. I noticed that it has a single comb, which I know the pea comb gene is linked to the green shell gene. so maybe it is going to lay Marans type eggs? it does have some reddish copperish around it's face. what do you all think?
this is the easter egger! black with yellow on it's belly and chin, cute beard, pea comb and black shanks
splash ameraucana - all white with greyish greenish legs, pea comb, cute beard
ameriflower - strawberry blonde baby with pea comb and pink legs
green magnolia - auto-sexing, appears to be male! darn it... still a cutie anyway
a huge thank you to MyPetChicken for supplying hatching eggs as a prize, this was incredibly fun for me and I loved seeing what surprises hatched out! I am really extremely happy with my 5/5 hatch rate on SHIPPED eggs too!