My penny's worth

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by doodle chicks, May 19, 2010.

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    doodle chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Well my 2 day old French Maran chicks seem to be doing OK but what I thought would be a pleasant experience - hatching my own eggs for the first time - was really stressful and I made quite a few mistakes; I would do things a bit differently next time (if there is a next time).

    Only 3 of 8 hatched, the other 5 are still in the incubator, I'm going to give them a bit longer, you never know.

    I wouldn't use egg boxes again - I had to remove the eggs and put them on a flat surface or they would have surely died. I didn't realise you weren't supposed to open the incubator in the final 3 days - but I opened mine loads of times. I also didn't realise how important the humidity issue was and I didn't monitor it properly. And the daftest thing I did was add 2 feral hen eggs 2 days after the first 6 because I found them lying were they going to be crushed. I doubt they will hatch now because of all the activity over the last few days.

    Anyway, if anyone can learn from my experience, that would be great. I really should have read more on this site before attempting to hatch - I am certain the success rate would have been much higher.[​IMG]
     
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    doodle chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Well would you Adam and Eve it!! One of the feral eggs is starting to hatch. Fingers crossed.
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