My Incubating Story

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stylus46, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. stylus46

    stylus46 In the Brooder

    Dec 4, 2007
    Middlesbrough, UK
    Hi this is my first post after reading the forum for a while i currently have four hens in my garden (3 eggs a day even though its winter) and decided to expand instead of buying more hens i bought a incubator off ebay and off i went....

    I visited the small holding where i orionally got my hens from and bought a dozen and a half (there where all freeranged with cocks running with them) on the way home i passed another farm where i seen a sign for free range eggs i pulled in i spoke to the farmers gran who was very helpful but was not sur if the eggs where fertile but for the price of a couple of pence i took another dozen (total of 30 eggs to lay)

    When i got them home i washed and cleaned them to stop them smelling during the next 21 days

    (note on the first row second one in its a blue egg!)

    The next thing that i done was i numbered the eggs to help me keep track of what hatched and what didnt

    (me numbering the eggs)

    Before i had gone out to buy my eggs two days before i turned on my incubator and tried to get it right temp wise once the eggs where numbered and cleaned i put them in


    i had real trouble trying to get the temp and humidity right over the next 24 hours but it did settle down after then


    during the next 18 daysi had tried candling the eggs but the candler that i have isnt very good at all something i will look at when i have another go. I kept a fukk record of the temp and humidity and how much water i added if any. Day 18 i turned off te automatic turner

    Day 21 there was a little noise (chirps) and noticed a little chip out of one of the eggs and all the rest followed




    i ended up with 16 hatching all from the small holding and one from the second farm. One of the chicks from the small holding died a hour or so from hatching also one of them had trouble getting out of the egg and i know there is a debate wether or not to help them but i did and my nephew named him or her lucky (who has bent toes) i left them in the incubator for 21 hours or so and moved them into my brooder (a polostrine box from a local pet shop where i got my sack of chick crumbs (and all my other supplies mixed corn, pellets etc.) they where kept in that box in my dinning room for a week until i moved them into a larger pen in my shed.

    (my nephew has gave them all names already)

    They will be 2 and a half weeks old today 4th Dec 07 and they are coming on fine they are really developing and i think i have a few cocks in there (they will have to go i live in a built up area) although i keep the neighbours sweet with eggs! so thats a total of 19 chickens i have now 15 of the chicks and i now have a problem where they are going to live in 8 weeks time so i am starting to expand my set up (but thats for another post)


    PS sorry about the spelling [​IMG]
  2. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Great story! Thanks for taking the time to post all of this, its very interesting!
  3. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    Congrats! That was great for a first time hatch.
  4. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    WOW great first time hatch story.......I am still scared to try hatching.......
  5. Juliechickens

    Juliechickens Songster

    Apr 7, 2007
    Memphis, TN
    Hey that's a cool bator. I haven't seen that one before. Great job with your babies [​IMG] Julie
  6. Heidi

    Heidi Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    Wow - nice job. Thanks for sharing your story. [​IMG]
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    That's a great hatch! Nice story. Can you tell us a bit about your egg turner and the incubator?
  8. stylus46

    stylus46 In the Brooder

    Dec 4, 2007
    Middlesbrough, UK
  9. IHeartChickens

    IHeartChickens Songster

    Nov 13, 2007
    Pacific NW
    Congrats on your hatch. That is wonderful for a first hatch. Keep us posted with the progress. It is a very interesting photo journal you've started here.
  10. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

    Nov 14, 2007
    Very interesting incubator. You did a great job hatching. I am interested if your instructions with the bator told you to wash your eggs as it seems to be a rule of thumb with most people that hatch not to wash eggs and remove the bloom. Just curious. Looks like you have some RIR's and either sexlinks or BR's. Very pretty chicks. I am sure you enjoyed this experience and with you buying a bator looked like you may have the addiction now.

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