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OCTOBER HATCH-A-LONG!!! 2015

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Gloryjasmine, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. luvmigirls

    luvmigirls Out Of The Brooder

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    oh how cool! I quick googled their breed after reading your post and saw that it is a landrace which has no standardized colors! And I can see why! There are so many different types of phenotype expressed with this breed! LOVE land races :) Good luck! ill keep my feathers crossed :)
     
  2. cedarcovefarm

    cedarcovefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always do the water test before I throw the last egg away if I'm not sure. You get a very hot glass of water. Put the unzipped egg in it. It will bobble regardless but if it wiggles it's still viable.
     
  3. luvmigirls

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    Oo! Ill do that before I leave the house today abd see what I get. Ty cedar :)
     
  4. RavenBlue

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    How late is it? If you tap the egg can you hear chirps? I'd try the float test. 100 degree water and put egg in, if it sinks to the bottom or floats (about half or more above water) it's not viable. If it floats just below the water level with only a small portion above its got a viable chick so worth putting back in the bator. I've had 2 chicks hatch healthy on day 25. Some are slow and some give up last minute.. I'm waiting on my last few now. 4 partial zips, a pip and one intact. I float tested and tossed 1 earlier that floated right to the top, the membrane had degraded and the intact egg floated at the right level so I'm giving it some more time.
     
  5. gjamesi

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    So when I candled at day 8 I dropped 1 of the clears and got a wee bit paranoid over my fumbling hands, and as I'm a "handy" fellow and not good at remembering to CLEAN my hands I've been keeping my hands OFF. Sooooo hard to do.
    Did I mention this is my first hatching?
    It's raining here but without adding water the incubator reads 31% humidity,a small squirt in a channel raises it to 50%.
    Okay so day 16,a quick candle of tops show 2 more clears,2 with small air sacks (?), 3 with dark edges to the airsack (?)and my last 2 bantam eggs look completely dark and cannot see and sign of the air sacks :(
    Still ,19 eggs that look like they are on track.
    Did I kill my bantam eggs and what caused the edges of the air sack to go dark?
    Is it normal for a lump to grow in my chest with each day that goes by?
     
  6. luvmigirls

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    Thank you raven. It's due date is today. but every other chick hatched so that is why i took him out and candled it. It is a brown shell so it was hard to see movement past the first week so at lock down i was unsure if it was still growing. Just 'seems' odd that the airsac is so visable. I am thinking that if a chick was in there it would have filled the airsac already?? I thought as they grew their body pushed into that space? I am going to try the water test in about 3 hours before i leave the house. Thank you for the response! The pip to zip time ratio can be testing for us humans patience. Just in this one hatch the pip to zip lapse was between 9 and 20 hours! lol. I really need to trust that mother nature i guess. hehe.
     
  7. luvmigirls

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    Congrats on your first hatching experience :) As I have, You will learn so much from this experience. The people on here are all so friendly and informative. Its sooo nice to have them. I talk to my family about people on this thread as if they are my neighbours who stop by to give some quick advice. ha. :)

    check out this website. It lists day by day what is happening. It does it with photos!
    http://www.raising-happy-chickens.com/hatching-chicken-eggs.html

    and here is the link for 'blood rings' http://www.raising-happy-chickens.com/candling-blood-ring.html that i hope is not what you are seeing when you write about 'dark edges around the airsac''

    Happy Hatching!!!!!!! :)
     
  8. gjamesi

    gjamesi Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks lovmigirls,I've had a few with bloodrings at day 8 ,what I'm seeing looks like the edges of the air sack are dark. Most likely I'm worrying over shadows.
     
  9. RavenBlue

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    Yes it's completely totally normal to have an ever increasing lump in your chest during a hatch complete with panic attacks and obsessive compulsive checking on the bator and willing the lil things to grow strong. I didn't sleep last night waiting in these partial zippers they are freaking me out with their beaks half out chirping now and then but not making any efforts to come out. I'm trying to be zen like and reading here to distract myself :caf :confused:

    Can you take a photo of the candling? Don't toss any unless you are sure they are duds. Fingers crossed for your eggies.
     
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  10. Bernadine503

    Bernadine503 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are beautiful!
     

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