Newbie - Day 10

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Helyro, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. Helyro

    Helyro Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    I am new here, and have put eight of my own fertilized eggs in my incubator (HovaBator #1593 -anyone else have this one?). They are either RIR, or a Buff Orpington/RIR cross. I did this as a "trial-run" to get a feel for the process, etc. before I spend money on more expensive eggs.

    I have candled the eggs - this is not exactly easy with brown eggs! However, I candeled yesterday, and I am pretty sure that at least 6 of my eight are growing! I saw lots of stuff in there - not much detail, but a definate spot and some veins in 6 of them. I MAY have seen movement - is this possible on day 10?

    Needless to say, I am getting kind of excited! I did this thinking that NONE of them would develop, and I would end up doing this at least 10 times before I got it right. I like the incubator - the temp stays consistant. I have no idea what the humidity is - I am keeping the water in the chamber per the instructions, so we'll see - if all goes wrong, I may end up buying a humidity-checker (lol - I can't remember the name)

    The 20th is when I will take the auto-turner out, and they are "due" on the 23rd - wish me luck!

    I will keep you posted!!
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Welcome Heather....and good luck on the hatch! Sounds like you will have a great one. At 10 days, there should be movement. Candleing brown eggs is hard. I have BO, and RIR, and had a hard time with candeling untill about day 14. Can't waite to see the little ones!
     
  3. Basia

    Basia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you can keep an eye on the air sack to make sure your humidity is right. I'll see if I can find a pic or URL for you. (I use a pencil to draw a line around the air sack... and mark the day # on it for good judgment)
     
  4. Basia

    Basia Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Helyro

    Helyro Out Of The Brooder

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    That is great - looks like I am right on track for the majority of them!

    Thank you!
     
  6. Tsagirl

    Tsagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2007
    Eugene,OR
    Thats very exciting! I have 14 due on the 19-20! I am so excited. Half are purebred orphintons and the others are of a mixed flock. Very excited! I really want the Orphs to hatch since my daughter who is 7yrs old, used to own a Buff Orph and that hen was her best friend! LOL!
    Here are good vibes coming your way!!
    Keep us all updated!
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