My "first" hatch pipping!! :)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sabz, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. Sabz

    Sabz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hourray!! Yesterday night I had two eggs pipping and chirping. I suppose they will hatch before I come home from work today.

    It is my first real batch. I incubated eggs when I was a teen, in a box with a light.. we had a 6 hour power outage and it was in february, so they all died except a rooster and a quail. We kept them a long time, they were adult when my dad gave them to a farm.

    Then, I grew up and bought a real incubator :p

    Last time I incubated 14 or 16 eggs.. only one was fertile. It died in the first 12 hours after hatching (my fault.. cat problem... I posted that somewhere else. Not a cute story).

    So after my failure on the first time, now my incubator is secured in a ferret cage and also in my bathroom with the door closed. Cat CANNOT get in!

    So I am hoping that all goes well. I tried to plan it so they hatched friday, so I could be home on friday night and saturday morning in case anything goes bad. Now I'm at work and hope nature will do its thing.

    I saw only two pipping. I have about 8 eggs that could be fertile (I have trouble candling brown eggs). I used the water candling method and wasn't 100% sure they were all moving so the number of chick will be a surprise.

    It is SO CUTE when they chirp and are still in the egg! Looks like they are talking to their "mamma".
    - I'll be there soon Mom!

    I'll post some pics! I am sure they will look like all the other baby chicks on the planet, but I am happy to have a first hatch so I will share anyway :D.

    What I find interesting is that there could be many different fathers. I had 20 meat birds and they grew to about 4-5 months, so I am not sure who fertilized the eggs. I kept one rooster only, and had only him when I gathered the eggs to incubate, but from what I read the sperm can remain viable inside the hen for 3 weeks, so some eggs could be from another "donor" than my rooster. I wonder if I will see the differences in the chicks.
     
  2. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    That must be exciting! I haven't done any incubating (not yet anyway) so it's interesting to read about other's experiences. Good luck, hope they all make it. Keep us posted!
     
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Good luck!
     
  4. Gingersnap722

    Gingersnap722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations! Mine went into lockdown mode last night and it's my first time incubating. I'm so nervous and had a hard time getting the humidity level up, but it's there now and I see a tiny little pip in one of the eggs. I hope I didn't do it any harm trying to get the humidity level up. Looks like ours will hatch about the same time!
     
  5. Sabz

    Sabz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a hard time with humidity on my first try also.

    This time, when I started lock down I put a sponge with water on it at the bottom of the 'bator. There is a grid at the bottom that prevents chicks from drowning or touching the sponge. I also fill up the bottom tray with water.

    I'll update tonight unless they're all dead and I am crying all night.
     
  6. StephensonC

    StephensonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all!! Mine went into lockdown this morning. I am having trouble getting my humidity up also. Not to mention, my 2 hygrometer's are reading 2 totally different levels. One says 45% and the other says 79%. I'm giving it a little more time to stabilize hopefully. This is my first time incubating.

    Good luck with your hatch's!! Keep us posted!!
     
  7. Gingersnap722

    Gingersnap722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a few of us are in the same boat, or incubator. [​IMG] I hope we all have success! [​IMG]
     
  8. Gingersnap722

    Gingersnap722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three that have pipped and one egg that's moved around a few times. This is very exciting!

    How are yours Sabz?
     
  9. Gingersnap722

    Gingersnap722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anything yet?
     
  10. StephensonC

    StephensonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nothing for me yet. Maybe I will see something today. [​IMG]

    What about you?
     

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