My RGP's don't realize it's too early to be giving me eggs! :)

6littlechickies

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We have a total of 5 Red Golden Pheasants, two males and three ladies. All were purchased last fall so this is our first 'season' with them laying. I haven't been able to find very much info on the incubation of the eggs so I thought I'd post a topic to help any others out there that might have RGP's too.

We started getting eggs in late January, I'm pretty sure their cycle is off b/c of the light we put in the chicken pen (on the other side of the barn). Anyhow, I hatched out four in mid February, one died a couple days after hatching, two were the victims of our now banished cat and I have one left that's a couple weeks old.

I hatched another two over this past weekend, have three more in the incubator on lockdown and another 6 more in another bator that are between 6 and 10 days in. I usually save them up for a few days and put them all in at once but it's been nuts around my house and if i didn't put them right in i would forget so I just went with it.

I have them in an LG with a turner and have been keeping the temps right around 100, it has went up to 102 and low as 99. The humidity I try to keep in the 50% range for the first 19 days and then have found right around 65% at lockdown gives the best results. For lockdown, i move them to a hovabator with a clear top, mostly so I can get a better view!
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I had initially read they needed a higher humidity but noticed that keeping it around 60-65% when i lockdown seems to be working better. they were taking a lot longer to zip around when the humidity was higher than 65 so i tried lowering a bit and that seems to be the ticket, as least for mine!
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The three eggs I currently have in lockdown are on day 22, day 20 and day 19. They have been pipping on day 22 or 23 and hatching about a day later.

Anyone else out there getting any RGP eggs yet? Any others more experienced with hatching them?
 

6littlechickies

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the egg from 2/15 pipped late last night!
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I took a couple pics of the pip. You can see it towards the bottom of the pic. pay no mind to the piece of shell sitting there, remnants of the last hatch.
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I also snapped a couple shots of the ones that hatched last week.
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this is the one that hatched in mid Feb., taken yesterday and then one from the day it hatched.
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more pics to follow as hatching begins!
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6littlechickies

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well, the pipped egg has decided it's time to zip itself out! I checked on it a little while ago and found this:

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Hopefully, I'll come back from lunch to find a little fuzzy butt!
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6littlechickies

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Well, i'll be darned, little bugger hatched while I was posting the last update!

Here are the first couple pics...little one hasn't even fluffed out yet!
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I think the egg from 2/17 has pipped too. Not positive as I guess it could be a reminant from the one that just hatched but I think this is another pip!

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6littlechickies

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the egg laid on 2/17 pipped this morning!
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Sadly, one of our other two that hatched last week died last night. I believe it to be an undiagnosed pasty butt. couldn't even see an issue until it was too late!
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I will be out and about most of the day today but hope to be able to report another hatching later tonight!
 

CoopCrazy

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Congrats this is defintly a day for hatching.. I have had 6 buttons hatch since 2:30 this morning.. and had my order come in from Ideal today ( a full week early) ...
 

6littlechickies

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coop, you need to post me some pics! what did you order from Ideal?

Oh me oh my! they are both now zipping!
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I was a little worried about the first egg b/c it wasn't making a lot of progress as of early this morning AND the humidity was down to 45%! OH NO! We put in some more water and i just checked them a minute ago. Another OH NO, the temp is now showing 104!!! GOOD GRIEF! good thing is humidity went up to 65% and now BOTH are very quickly zipping around. I turned the temp down and am hoping the temp will drop soon b/c being that high right now scares the jeepers out of me!
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here are pics of them now, zipping right along. keeping a close eye on that temp and as soon as they pop I'm going to open the top to release some heat.
egg from 2/17 (egg#1)
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egg from 2/18 9egg #2)
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I also have (I think) two more that are ready to go into lockdown today, so it's a busy week coming up. There are still 7 in the other bator working their way towards hatch.
 

6littlechickies

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gosh, I didn't realize a pheasant could hatch so quickly! LOL egg #2 just hatched while i was posted my last update.

here is a fist pic:
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egg#1 is still working away and the temp is now down to 102.5 so i'm feeling a little better now.
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