Nervous New Member in Florida

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by popposgrl, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. popposgrl

    popposgrl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there,
    I have been raising chickens for a little over a year, with some wonderful memories and some horrific ones too. I never knew raccoons ate chickens...living in the country...I am learning.
    My newest venture is into Malaysian Bantam chickens. I have a roo who I call "Sir Struts alot" as he is very proud of himself. I could not find any hens anywhere that I could afford. Sooooo, I decided to venture into hatching fertilized eggs...I have 15 coming SOON, and after reading everything on the internet and then finding BYC, I am thoroughly confused. (Which my husband assures me is a normal state of being for me...something about blond hair)...anyhoo, I would appreciate anyone who could answer some questions about incubating.
    1. I live in Northern Florida where the "humudity" is like mud...been here 23 years and still take 2-3 showers a day. So, what should the humidity be for Serama eggs?
    2. Temperature?
    3. What is "lockdown". I've read that several times...also candling...I cannot see thru the shells...is there a trick that I don't know???
    I've tried flashlights, candles(yes, I did!!) and nothing lets me in!!! :)[​IMG]

    Any one out there got any answers for me???? It will be greatly appreciated!!![​IMG]

    Thank you for reading!!
    Patti
     
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright Patti, [​IMG] great to have you joining the flock [​IMG]



    Going to try to hatch some egg's alright [​IMG]


    Temp 99.5 [​IMG]


    Humidity 50% till day 18 then up it to 65% [​IMG]


    Good luck on your hatch [​IMG]
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    There is an excellent article in the Learning Center called Hatching 101
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Good luck in all your hatching adventures and enjoy BYC!
     
  7. JDchicks

    JDchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great to have you join. I am in South Alabama.

    When are your eggs coming in? There is a Jan/Feb Hatch-along going on right now. Several people chatting, helping and so forth while we all are hatching eggs.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/846539/jan-feb-2014-hatch-a-long/2280

    Please feel free to ask any questions, BYCers love to help!

    Also, a couple of other links that may be helpful --101 to hatching https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    And abbreviations that you will see on here...https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/byc-index-of-abbreviations
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     

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