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Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by lynnolekas, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. lynnolekas

    lynnolekas In the Brooder

    May 22, 2010
    I am so new to this pheasant mommy thing so please excuse my new mommy ramblings...
    I was given a homemade incubator and 8 Red Golden eggs. The first four
    did not hatch although I dutifully turned them three times a day (not the last three days),
    kept the temp around 100 - 101 and I thought with the appropriate humidity (average of 70%).
    I am now on clutch number two - four more eggs put in the incubator on 06-22. I have hovered
    over them but sadly, the bulb (heat source) got unplugged last night and I awoke to a chilly 77 degrees
    in the incubator. I almost cried. Are my eggs okay? I am discouraged indeed by the failure of the
    first clutch and now this!! Any words from the wise to help me along? I need advice and I want
    baby birds [​IMG]

    Thank you in advance!!!!
  2. tysonb24

    tysonb24 In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2010
    I don't think that you have lost your chicks. An embryo will start to grow at 72 degrees. It will definitely slow the growth process down, however I would get the temp back up to 99.5-100 degrees asap.
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Quote:Ditto [​IMG]
  4. lynnolekas

    lynnolekas In the Brooder

    May 22, 2010
    Thanks for the encouragement!! I checked the temp and we were all good at 100 degrees and hopefully soon enough.
    Is there a "temp rising too fast" thing to consider? Nothing can be done about that now I suppose so I hold out hope
    instead! Would this 12 hours of chilly temps change my anticipated hatch date? I wonder too if I am
    doing this part correctly - 3 days no turning and high humidity of 80% is that good? Today I also read about blotchy porous eggs. That
    described the last four that got tossed at 29 days (I hadn't the heart at 25 in case I was wrong !!). I tried to read here
    about that between my other two legged Mommy duties and didn't glean much other than it was no good. Any thoughts?

    This is fun but as my six year old might say, it'll be funner once we get chicks!! [​IMG] Thanks ya'll!!

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