My first hatch- a success.... sort-of

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by megalomaniac, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. megalomaniac

    megalomaniac Songster

    May 16, 2010
    Just finishing my first hatch since I was a little kid. Homemade styrofoam incubator.

    Started with 14 eggs from a local breeder. 10 he had collected in the prior few days to starting the process, and we picked up 4 fresh eggs that afternoon out of the yard. Mix of black australorps and buff orpingtons, with one white silkie for the kids.

    by day 7, only 7 appeared to have definete development. By day 10, candeling confirmed the same and I pulled the non developers. Cracked them open, all appeared to be scrambled inside with no development. All were eggs previously collected by the breeder, with the 4 we collected at the end all developing nicely in the bator. I called the breeder and he remembered leaving them for a day in his outside storage shed (97 deg temps that week in south MS). Oh well, still had 7 going.

    by day 14, candeling confirmed 2 had arrested development. I pitched them, both had what appeared to be 5-7d old embryos.

    the five remaining eggs were again candeled on day 18 prior to lockdown, all 5 looked great with active chicks within.

    got the first pip on day 20, 8h later had 2 more pips, 24h later had 2 chicks, but the original pip still hadn't hatched. I pulled the egg and zipped the shell about 1/2" and put him back in. 12h later, he still hadn't hatched, so I zipped the shell another 1/2"... seemed like that was what he needed, as he hatched out shortly thereafter. The silkie hatched in the interim in 1h from pip to zip to hatch.

    Now it's day #22, and the last egg still hasn't pipped. I'll give it another day, but I'm not too hopeful. But at least I've got 4 out of 5 that made it to lockdown as healthy active chicks in the brooder (2 black australorps, 1 buff orpington, 1 white silke).

    Oh, btw, my 5 yr old and 8 yr old did most of the work. They hand turned the eggs 3x/day by themselves. What a blast to watch thier faces when the little ones hatched!
  2. Andi

    Andi Songster

    Congratulations! Sounds like a great experience for all of you! Enjoy those chicks!
  3. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

    May 15, 2010
    [​IMG] Congratulations on your hatch [​IMG]
  4. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

    Jun 10, 2010
    Grats on the (sort of) successful hatch. Were the 4 that hatched the same 4 you picked up yourself?

    I had the same happen to me when I went to pick up 8 eggs from a friend. She neglected to tell me she'd been storing the eggs in the barn in 100 degree weather. Of course I assumed she stored them properly and let them settle in a 60 degree room overnight.... every last one of them died.
  5. megalomaniac

    megalomaniac Songster

    May 16, 2010
    3 out of the 4 were the fresh eggs, one of the 4 fresh eggs was probably infertile (never even started developing).

    Round #2 will start Friday...

    12 Ameracaunas plus a mix of bantams, silkes, and a couple buff orpingtons

    This bator seemed to work really well. The thermostat held temps in the water wiggler a constant 100-100.6 degrees. I ran humidity around 40-45% until lockdown, then upped it to 55-60% for the hatch.

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