Our Egg Hatching Adventure

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by PemberleyChicks, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. PemberleyChicks

    PemberleyChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    This is the story on how we hatched 3 beautiful Leghorn/Cochin chicks.



    Our story begins when we lost 3 chickens to a coyote attack. We decided we wanted more chickens and we started researching egg hatching. We learned that eggs had to be stored at 46-56 degrees Fahrenheit. We built the incubator, while storing the eggs, using:


    A styrofoam cooler

    Chicken wire

    A 15 watt lightbulb

    Duct tape and electrical tape

    A modified light socket

    An extension cord

    Sponges

    Thermometer and hygrometer

    Here are some pics.


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    Me cutting the chicken wire

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    Another incubator pic.

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    This is the first time it was on. It was later moved out of my bedroom to the kitchen.

    We kept the eggs at a cozy 98-101 degrees Fahrenheit and kept the humidity at 55%-70%. We turned them 3 times a day for 18 days. On the 18th day we stopped turning them so they could get situated for hatching. On the 21 first day nothing happened. At 6:00 p.m. we left for a church event and when we returned, Egg 3 made a little crack.

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    It's a little hard to see but look closely.

    We stayed up late and watched The Late Show with David Letterman. Eventually we had to go to bed. Egg 3 had made no progress. Later at 12:12 a.m. I checked on them and saw Egg 1 pipping.

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    I decided to stay up for a while and log the hatching. Around 2:00 a.m. a huge spider appeared and I went to sleep. I woke up around 7:00 a.m. and Egg 2 had pipped!

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    You can see her beak!

    My mother was at yoga at the time. So I kept a close eye on them. Around 10:35 Egg 1 started hatching. I even videotaped it. Sorry you can't see the video. But here's some pics.

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    Starting to hatch.

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    Hatching. Cracks go all around the egg.

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    Fully hatched. Isn't she adorable? Hatched at 10:49 a.m.

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    She loved sleeping on the sponge.

    After a couple hours, Egg 2 started to hatch. Mom was home for this on and she started taking pics

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    A bigger crack than Egg 1.

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    Egg 2 fully hatched. Hatched at 1:40 p.m.

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    Not knowing how to walk yet, Egg 1 and 2 got tangled up.

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    Just 20 minutes after hatching, Egg 2 pulls herself up on the sponge. Superchick!

    Around 2:00 p.m. Egg 3 finally begins to hatch!

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    It's funny how the one that pipped first hatched last


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    Fully hatched at 2:07 p.m.

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    Hatched, sleeping and wet.

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    Hatched and fluffy

    A little while after the pic above was taken we moved them into the brooder.

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    Here's Egg 1 (or should I say Chick 1?) moving into the brooder.

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    And here's the Chicks sleeping in the brooder.

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    Here's the Chicks the next day. Love 'em!

    And here are the proud parents

    Darcy

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    Mary

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    She refuses to look at the camera.

    So, that was the story of Our Egg Hatching Adventure. Our new chicks and chickens are happy and well. Thanks for reading


    -PemberleyChicks
     
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    they are so cute and i love the bator. i paid about 50 dollars for the same thing
     
  3. davemonkey

    davemonkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's so neat that all 3 hatched out for you! The pics are GREAT!!
     

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