OCTOBER HATCH-A-LONG!!! 2015

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

  1. Peachickie

    Peachickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eww just had my first oozing egg. There's a smell I'm not going to forget anytime soon [​IMG].

    Congrats on the new chick @cedarcovefarm ! Can't wait to see more baby chick pics from everyone hatching this weekend.
     
  2. luvmigirls

    luvmigirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im on day 20 and this is so nerve wrecking! my humidity has been low. about 45-50 from day 1-18... . So for lock down i added a lot more paper towels, and humidity is now 70! Temp was hovering around 99, and since i worked all week, it did dip down to 97 for about 9 hours for day 18 and 19. Now that i am home, i can pay more attention to it, (i was afraid of over adjusting and boiling the babes!) so i added the paper towels and turned my heat dial a smidgen up. it is now sitting at 100 degree.
    Do you think that being around 97-99 on days 18/19 will effect the hatch for tomorrow? I have left the incubator alone (beyond the opening for humidity adjustments).
    I see the pictures of the pips and i am so excited! I dont hear any from mine but im hoping i see something happen tomorrow. :) Its so hard just to let them sit in there and not try and candle to see something move. sooo best wishes everyone!
     
  3. luvmigirls

    luvmigirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so stinky! [​IMG]
     
  4. luvmigirls

    luvmigirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awww, adorable! welcome to the world little one ;)
     
  5. gjamesi

    gjamesi Out Of The Brooder

    I was reading from one of the commercial breeding sites that by making small temperature changes near the end of the hatch stimulates the chicks system to self regulating it's own bed heat and pays off in meat and egg production as they mature.
     
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  6. cedarcovefarm

    cedarcovefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is nerve wracking near the end. But I don't think you're humidity has been low. I keep mine at 45-50 the first 18 days and around 55-60 in lockdown. I've never had any problems. I don't think a dip in tips will hurt them. It may delay their hatch by a day or so but I don't think it would affect their viability. It's better to go lower in temp than too high. Too high of s temp almost always is fatal (104 or so). Remember, even hens get up to eat. So the eggs cool during the natural hatching under a momma hen too[​IMG]
    Also Don't get your humidity too high. It will shoot up after the first chick is born.
    I bet your little chickies will be just fine. Let us see pics when they hatch if you can
     
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  7. cdewar

    cdewar Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok y'all, having a panic attack here. Have 11 eggs hatching tonight-tomorrow. This is the first time I used a turner and I did not like the rate of viable/non one bit(originally 24 eggs). Now I have them sitting in a carton with the bottom cut out of each cell, I have 2 pips, but they do not seem to be making the progress I normally see. Should I have laid them on their sides? At the time my thinking was, they have been upright in the turner the whole time, so they would be stronger hatching that way, now I am second guessing myself! UGH! What is your experience with a turner and what do you do at lockdown?
     
  8. Peachickie

    Peachickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay a pip, now I'm gonna be up all night checking up on it.
     
  9. cdewar

    cdewar Out Of The Brooder

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    I can not quit checking mine, I have 2 pips. Not much progress and a nervous wreck here. [​IMG]
     
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