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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by LeBlackbird, Sep 24, 2009.
Thanks I will try that. I am using a hovabator.
I don't add any water to the incubator during incubation.
I add water to the hatcher (on day 19) to make the humidity around 65%. My hatch rate is only about 75% of those going to the hatcher.
This last hatch, I only added enough water to make the humidity 57%.
7 out of 9 hatched, but I did not expect the other 2 to hatch anyway. I think that they were late quitters, but I put them in anyway.
So 7 out of 7 is good for me.....but....
I had to help 3 out of the egg and they were very sticky amd gooey.
I don't believe in helping, but once the membrane dries so that they can't spin around the chick won't make it anyway. So I usually give it a shot.
I will say though, I've had eggs hatch in the turner, with no humidity, and they had no issues. Just popped out.
Your little ones are cute.
Here are my two healthy hatches:
and my little buff laced polish
today is day 21 and there are still 15 eggs unpipped
Who needs babies when you have chicks, right? My husband's lucky I got into chickens, it has curbed my baby urges (I may have had 4 more)!!! They are beee-utiful.
LOL! I hear that!!!
My weak little polish didn't make it. So I am down to 1 out of 30 eggs. So heartbroken
Winters Witch, I'm all about lofty hopes!
Missy, that's funny! no nails, use screws. I discovered the beauty of a cordless drill when I built the coop for my EE's. This brooder introduced me to magic of Caulk.
Wlrabbitry, I found the coop here on BYC, on the top of the page, click on Coops, then Brooders, then on Stage~ii~Brooder. It was very easy! I made a few little changes, like making the walls shorter in the coop area so that there could be air flow. I then covered the open space with hardware cloth so that it's predator proof once I shut the door at night. I also made the bottom board out of 1 x 3 and cut it to 6 and 1/2 feet with a curve at the end so it could act as a skid when I go to move it. Still a bit heavy for me so I'm going to lighten up the next one. I took pictures all along of the progress, I won't post them here (don't want to bore everyone) but perhaps I can start a thread in the Coop Section.
And a sad day in hatch world. While I was gone today, Popcorn got off her remaining 4 eggs, I made a quick stop home around 4 and they were cold, 2 pipped and silent, 1 zipped and peeping and the last no signs of life. I am absolutely heart broken. I had the incubator running just in case, and one of the kids here the whole time that just could not care less. I sure hope this isn't the kid assigned to take care of me when I'm old. I popped the three hopeless ones in the bator and put the peeping one under Popcorn. Here's hoping!!
Mama! So sorry about the Polish baby.
I am so sorry. Looks like a bad week for hatching here in PA.
My hubby says that my clock is spinning 100 mph and that is why I can't stop hatching and always want to get new babies LOL
What can I say....I need babies.
Sorry that the one didn't make it, but those two ARE THE CUTEST!!!