Need help

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by crawfordsgirls, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. crawfordsgirls

    crawfordsgirls Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 6, 2016
    So I have a Sicilian Buttercup that went broody and then on the nineteenth day left her eggs so now I have them under a hot lamp and am turning them. I float tested and one was dead. But all others were fine. What do I do I really want my eggs to hatch help please.
  2. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Have you got a thermometer to measure the temp at the top of the eggs? You need about 101F at the top of them. Your biggest issue is going to be keeping the eggs at a reasonably high humidity so they can pip and zip without becoming shrink wrapped in the egg. Some damp sponges around them should help some. You don't need to turn them now, they should be getting into position to hatch so need to be left alone so they don't get disturbed. Also I would not do the float test unless you are absolutely sure they have not internally pipped. Did you do a normal candle prior to float test?
    If you type in Hatching without an incubator there are threads that should come up on this, it can be done.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Please no more float tests, eggs are porous. Either candle them carefully or let nature take it's course. You also don't want a HOT lamp, you want a heat lamp that you can move closer or farther away from eggs to reach an appropriate temperature. Do you know anyone who would loan you an incubator?? Once they hatch they would need a brooder with a heat lamp.

    Please let us know how things turn out. Sending good hatching vibes your way [​IMG]
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    You have some great advice already from our very experienced members so I'll just check in and say a big hello and wish you all the best!

  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. crawfordsgirls

    crawfordsgirls Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 6, 2016
    I need to know how to properly candle and what to look for.
  8. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! 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 BYC. I can't help you there. Good luck!
  9. N F C

    N F C just blowing in the wind Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

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