me too! day 18

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by seminolewind, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    17,687
    507
    461
    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Well this isn't even a happy occasion. Out of 4 polish, 2 went to the hatcher, and one is questional. It has small dark blobs at the bottom of the pointy end. I put it in the hatcher to be real sure, but I don't think that separate blobs are a good sign.
    Sigh, I guess I will have to find a little stuffed animal for the survivor, if I have one.
    Cynthia's eggs go in the hatcher in 2 days. They must be good cause they keep heating up the bator! Karen
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    [​IMG]
     
  3. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hopefully one of them will hatch, Karen. If not, I'm sure you'll have better luck with Cynthia's eggs. Have you candled them lately?

    Lori
     
  4. chickenshow

    chickenshow Chillin' With My Peeps

    104
    0
    129
    Aug 2, 2007
    day 18 me too it is so exciting good luck hatching
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    17,687
    507
    461
    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I guess a first timer and mail order eggs are not a good thing. Does anyone get good hatch rates on mail order eggs?
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I have in the past, so sure, it can be done, but it's more just luck than anything, after several criteria are met, starting with the eggs having good shell quality and being fertile in the first place. Next, packing counts a whole heap. Then the illustrious Postal Service gets them and if they're still okay after that, then there are the bator issues. When you think of that chain of circumstances, it's a miracle ANY hatch, isn't it? But I've had a hatch rate on shipped eggs somewhere in the 80's% range before.
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    17,687
    507
    461
    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Okay, I looked. The questionable polish had a movement. Egg has good air pocket, some veining at the bottom. The other polish has filled the egg to the point where I can't see thru it except where the air pocket is.
    Cynthia's eggs. I got 9, one was clear. The other 8 have nice veins, nice size, nice air pocket. All seem to have the same amount of growth, so I guess no one is left behind. Melanie's silkies-I got 9, now I have 6, all have veins, air pockets, and some variance with growth inside, but in general, pretty good.
    I was going to use the LG as the hatcher, but I couldn't get the humidity up high enough. So I moved the egg turner to the LG, and it wouldn't fit, and made the eggs too close to the heat element. So I took the turner out, and will hand turn them 4x a day. The hover lets me put lots of water in it, and the humidity is 75%.
    Since I had to switch bator/hatcher, the hover had alot of eggs in it, and I had a problem with the heat getting to high. Now with only 2 eggs in it, its taken alot of work to get the temp up to 100. I'm almost there.
    Out of my 4 thermometers, I am going with the 2 that read the same. My 2 hygrometers are 10% different in their levels. One is at 68, one is at 78. So , average is good.
    I'm so nervous I feel like puking. Karen
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by