Neglect Seems to be the Best Incubation Method

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RainForestBird, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. RainForestBird

    RainForestBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2016
    I just threw away 18 Sebright eggs that I carefully monitored, making sure they were turned at least five times a day, and always an odd number of turns. The humidity was right on till the very end, on day 18 I bumped it up to the recommended level, and I faithfully refilled the water reservoir whenever the humidity was even a few degrees too low. Nothing hatched. I ordered a barnyard mix off Ebay, set them after letting them settle over night. I had the incubator warmed up and the humidity was at the right level. Then I forgot about the after the first week and didn't turn them or look at the humidity, till I noticed it was Day 18 and time to lock down. I refilled the water reservoir, but I didn't think much would hatch. On day 20, 3 little Silkies hatched. The next day I had 3 Americauna, and 2 Leghorns. Now I've got another Americauna that just popped out on his own with no coaxing from me. There's one more egg left, a light tan colored one that looks like It could be an Australorp. Its pipping and peeping. Wow, neglect is really the answer! All chicks are well formed and vigorous.
  2. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The WicKed Premium Member

    Nov 7, 2015
    Southwestern MB, Canada
    I have read that not turning can cause issues sometimes with development. I've hatched 3 hatches now where I only moved the eggs when I about 3 times in total by day 18. So far I haven't had issues with the chicks either.

    My first two batches hatched with a decent hatching rate. They were fresher eggs. The last time I did it my eggs were old (I set old and got 7. They're healthy so far. I've been in my chicken house working for the day...and I haven't seen the broody hens turn their eggs very often
  3. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The WicKed Premium Member

    Nov 7, 2015
    Southwestern MB, Canada
    I should add that there are a lot of factors involved in the success of hatching eggs; whether they're shipped, the place they originated from, the breed the egg is from. Were you 18 eggs shipped eggs?

    The eggs I'm working with are from my own flock so the variables don't change much.
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 25, 2012
    When a hen moves one egg she moves all her eggs. Often she only lifts her feet then puts them down again and this simple movement spreads out like a wave on the ocean.
  5. Mak24456

    Mak24456 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 24, 2016
    I would say it's the source of the eggs and shipping conditions, not your care that caused the difference in hatch rates.

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