OMG!!! We just had our first hatch--100% fertility, 100% hatch!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 6littlechickies, May 12, 2009.

  1. 6littlechickies

    6littlechickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Burton, OH
    WOW! I just have to share! I'm newly registered but have been 'lurking' for over a year! I've been reading everything on this incubation/hatch forum for weeks. I guess I was just too shy to post before (so not me IRL). oh and I could never come up with a good screen name. [​IMG] Right now though, I am just so excited![​IMG]

    Exactly 21 days ago today we put 6 of our EE eggs in a Hovabater1602N. Between Sunday night and Monday afternoon (days 19/20) ALL 6 chicks hatched!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    We've only had chickens for a year and have never done anything like this (incubating) so I spent many, many hours reading about anything and everything on this exact forum! [​IMG] I've learned SOOO much! Even though this is my first actual post, I want to thank everyone on this forum for their posts, help, advice and just general friendliness! [​IMG]

    Some details on the hatch. We have three EE's laying and a Buckeye Rooster (aptly named Brutus). The 6 eggs were collected over two days and then set in the bator. The incubator itself was a gift from a friend of ours who once hatched bearded dragons in it! He knew we had chickens and thought our kids might like to see some eggs hatch. Our daughter is in kindergarten and they set their eggs on the same day (class science project) so I was hoping at least ONE would hatch for our two younger sons to see. I put a digital thermometer/hydrometer inside to monitor things. I filled the center bottom tray with water, marked each egg with a number (1-6) and X/O for turning. From day 1-18, humidity was 35-40% and temperature was 99.5-101. Eggs were turned by hand 3X's a day. We made several attempts at candling with marginal results. We tried a small LED flashlight but all we could see was the air cell and a dark mass in each egg. We candled on days 10, 14 and 18. We could see veining in three of the eggs but the other three just the cells and darkness. [​IMG] On day 18 I filled the two other trays with water, popped the red caps and hoped I'd see SOMETHING!!! [​IMG] We kept the temp around 99.5 and humidity was at 55%. I taped it shut and made myself a tube w/funnel to be able to add water if needed. We added about 1/4 cup on Saturday as humidity dropped to about 52%, brought it back up around 56%. We added a bit more Sunday to keep it at 55%.
    On Sunday (Mother's day) we were out most of the day but came home about 5pm to one piped shell!!! YAY! We were SOOO excited! We had some errands to run and came back around 7 some peeping and rocking out of a second egg! Over the course of the evening, three more pipped and one zipped right out!! [​IMG] I was so, so, SO excited! Wanted to wake the kids just to show them! I had to fly out for work on Monday AM until Tuesday evening so I was really hoping to get to see one either before or after. Lucky for me I got my wish and got to see not only one hatch but woke up to another two in the bater early Monday morning! double YAY! By the time my plane landed on Monday mid-morning our nanny had texted me that another one hatched and two more were piped. So four chicks and last two were piped. Go babies! By 4 pm they all hatched! In the middle of my training session, i got the most wonderful text of our new babies! [​IMG] You can see the four in the back are the first ones as they are more fluffy, the other two are in the bottom right corner, still a little damp.


    So, i have to say I am feeling pretty great right now! And I must admit Brutus is a stud! [​IMG]I'm home and all my new babies are in there walking around, fluffy and chirping away. Now I just need to finish up their brooder and they will get moved right in. They all just came a little early on me. Our month old pullets are still in the brooder so I need to make a makeshift one for the babies for a few days.
    It was an amazing hatch. Not only did we have 100% fertility but 100% hatch. wow. [​IMG] How did I do that?![​IMG] I'll post some more pics as soon as I get a chance, we have a great camera (Nikon D40) so I'm hoping for some fantastic pics. One thing that does puzzle me is I thought the green egg was a dominant trait but none of the babies have green legs? Don't the two go hand in hand (legs/egg color)? [​IMG]
  2. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama

    That is awesome!!! I can tell you are really egg-cited! LOL
  3. DANNY

    DANNY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Good Job ! Keep up the good work.
  4. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    I can't help you with the legs question, but glad you decided to join up, congrats on the great first hatch, and I just had to laugh. Here you are, flying to work, which means you obviously have an important job of some sort, yet your keeping touch back home on the progress of your chickies.

    I love it!!!
  5. chellebyerly

    chellebyerly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2009
    Jasper Texas
    How wonderful!! congrats!!
  6. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD

    And congrats on a 100% hatch. That is awesome.
  7. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    Congrats on the babies!

    As for the legs- we have brown eggs and some chicks have yellow legs, some black. The one green egg I got hatched with greenish- black legs. I never heard of an egg/leg correlation before- it might just be an EE thing. Thanks for asking- I'd like to know more about that.
  8. babymakes6

    babymakes6 Gifted

    Feb 24, 2009
    far west Ohio
    [​IMG] from western Ohio! Congratulations on a job well done!!!
  9. egggreenthumb

    egggreenthumb Out Of The Brooder


    I waiting for my white OEG Bantam hatching. This will be on Monday 18!

    I expected 6 banty.[​IMG]
  10. ijon1

    ijon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2009
    gaines, michigan
    Where did you put the tube for the water. In one of the vent holes.

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