my hatching style experiment

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Christie Rhae, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I have decided to do an experiment to see what works best for me. All my eggs are shipped 3000 to 4000 miles so I expect hatch rates to be lower than not shipped. I am using a hova bator 1588 with an egg turner. I am using a little giant still air for my hatcher. I am using the dryer humidity incubation. I keep the humidity between 20 and 35% for the incubation then up to 65+% for hatch.

    HATCH #1 (over)
    For this hatch I candled often. I was very careful but I just loved to see the little chicks moving around in there so probably candled 8 times up until the 18th day. Then I moved eggs over to little giant, laid them on their side and added lots of water. After 12 hours my humidity was still not as high as I wanted so did open the incubator for a second to add a dish with paper towels folded up so that I could add water through a straw and rewet the towels. I was then able to get humidity up to 65%. On day 20 we had one pip. The morning of the 21st day we hatched one awesome little cutie pie.

    HATCH #2
    eggs set on 7/10, I candled once on day 7. I will candle again on day 14 and then move to hatcher on day 18. For this hatch I will try setting them in egg cartons to keep them big end up. Hatch date is 7/31.

    HATCH #3
    I set these eggs on 7/15. I have not candled. Not going to touch them until I move them to the hatcher. Due to hatch on 8/15.

    HATCH #4
    I am going to toss these eggs in my purse and forget about them. KIDDING!! I don't have a 4th batch yet.. but I hope to have more soon! lol
     
  2. Ann Lotten

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    Hi Christie, thanks for getting me hooked on the forum too! When you asked me on FB if I had checked out BYC, I hadn't gone into the forum yet... WoW! So, I've been learning a lot from others here. I owe you a Big Thanks! I look forward to following your hatching experiment. Oh, I am setting 18 Black Coppers in the incubator today, along with some Marans/Orp. Mutts. I will hope for a good hatch. Good luck with your hatch! [​IMG]
     
  3. LittleDarlings

    LittleDarlings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's AWESOME!! I can't wait to see how it all works out!! I was just at TSC (again...lol) and was looking at all their baby chick goodies. [​IMG] I'm hoping to get mine in a couple of weeks...*fingers crossed*
     
  4. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ANN!! yay! another nail tech/chicken addict!! So glad I am not the only one. lol
    Can't wait to hear how your hatch goes.
     
  5. Ann Lotten

    Ann Lotten Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, we certainly share some common obsessions, haha. How is your hatching experiment going? I had a power outtage on day 12 (bummer deal) for 1.5 hours (we live in the Sierra Foothills, occasional outtages due to fallen pine trees), so I wasn't sure if I would even get any to hatch. I ended up with a 50% hatch rate this time and 5 chicks. Much better than my last hatch, so things are looking up. I did things quite differently this time, by using the dry hatch method that ChooksChicks has out. Between that and now having egg turners, I think that may have done the trick. Yay! Can't wait to hatch me some more eggs! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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