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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dubrovnik, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2016
    Been lurking awhile, and the Grocery Egg Hatching threads prompted me to post.

    I have a dozen brown Rock Island eggs in a still air Little Giant incubator now, on Day 6.

    This is the first time I have ever incubated eggs before, so I am taking the good advice about this on the threads here, and trying not to get my hopes up.

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I wish you all the best with your hatch - I've never used an incubator before, but then I'm lazy and i prefer to let a surrogate mother hen do all the hard work! [​IMG]

    If you haven't already, you may wish to check out your state thread (just type your state in the search box) as well as the Learning Centre.

    All the best
  3. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around the run. So glad you decided to make it official.
  4. Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2016
    Very kind of you both, I hope to learn a lot about caring for chickens here.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sending good hatching vibes your way [​IMG]. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  6. Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2016
    Many thanks.

    My eggs are not looking so hot. I candled them today and and could not see air cells or even yolks on most of them. Time will tell whether they turn into baby chicks or expensive stink bombs.
    If there are no chicks, at least I will have learned a lot about how to handle hatching eggs.

    Edit of 2/26/16: i read where you are supposed to candle eggs from the top down to see the air cell, so I did that, and the air cell size is right about where it should be, thank heaven!

    Edit of 3/8/16: On day 16 I dropped an egg and cracked it a little above the air cell. Hoping for the best, I put it back in the incubator. Today is Day 18 for my brown fertile eggs from Safeway. The cracked egg appears to have a pip now next to the crack. I added a turkey baster full of water to a coffee cup in the 'bator, and the humidity went up to 64% about 20 minutes afterwards. Then it dropped back down to 45% an hour later. I added 2 more basters of water to the cup and ran some water into the bathtub in the room; this made the humidity shoot to 80%! Easy to see it's going to be a task to keep the humidity in the right range. I candled the brown eggs and only three of them look clear. The rest have a dark area below a visible air cell that takes up about 25% of the egg. I have not see any movement or veins in the eggs, but then, I'm nearsighted, candling with a flashlight, and working with brown eggs.
    I'm not going to be able to keep a strict lockdown and turn my white eggs, so I have decided to take the white egg carton out quickly, turn them and put them back, 3 times a day.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

  8. Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2016
    Me too!

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