Nervous, Nervous, Nervous! (and what's with the weather)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicken Teacher, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Chicken Teacher

    Chicken Teacher New Egg

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    I'm typing this whilst sitting beside my classroom incubator, containing chicken eggs (a mixture of breeds from the local farmer) at 6pm. Pipping started this morning and not much progress has been made and i'm nervous! I have done this so many times, but theres always the class of kids you don't want to dissapointed!

    So whilst I have been waiting, I have set up an iPad to record a stop motion video, which should be pretty darn cool, I have read through a heap of your posts to calm my nerves and have eaten a three course skungy dinner of the last three weeks lunch leftovers, erghhh.

    I live in Darwin, Australia, we are in the tropical "wet season" now, and I'm just wondering if any of you had noticed that your eggs hatch early or later depending upon storms or rain? This batch has only been in 19 days and yes, we are in the middle of a monsoon. Other hatches have been late, but seemingly brought on by a storm... I tell the kids this each year, but I never have any scientific reasoning for it, I would love to hear everybody elses theories :)

    We have had two power outages with this lot of eggs, one on the day the eggs went in, and one on day 14, luckily the incubator kept the heat in on the second one, and lucky we had a hot sun to sit it in on the first :)
     
  2. countrygoddess

    countrygoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ooh! I JUST read something about barometric pressure affecting some part of a hatch in my Hatching and Brooding Your Own Chicks book (by Gail Damerow), but I just tried looking for it and couldn't find it. So, yes, you're right. Weather pressure definitely does... something. This might be TMI, but my water broke with my daughter 12 years ago on a day we were expecting a big snow storm. When I phoned my midwife to tell her she exclaimed, "You're the 7th mother with ruptured membranes to call me just in the last hour!" She said in her experience, pressure changes definitely play a roll in term mommies' going into labor that way. =)
     
  3. omaeve

    omaeve Chillin' With My Peeps

     
  4. Chicken Teacher

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    Thanks Country Godess, wow thats very interesting on human birth, I wonder if that happens here, make for crazy days in the birthing suite!!

    Stop motion video (set to take a photo every 10 seconds) will be posted as soon as I can... Didn't tell the students I was planning in setting it up overnight.... Incase it didn't work:)
     
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  5. Chicken Teacher

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    We got two chickens overnight and one at 7.30am, I captured this on video as some of the kids had not arrived yet!

    We have two still pipping and a class full of students who are super excited.!

    For the first time I got to see another chick appearing to assist another out of the shell, it was tapping on the air cell near the zip and seemed to be chirping encouragement to the little fella trying to clamber out!

    I will post video as soon as I can do a little editing work (it's far too long to upload :)
     
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  6. omaeve

    omaeve Chillin' With My Peeps

    CONGRATS WE KNOW THE KIDS ARE EGGCITED[​IMG]
     

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