Second guessing myself - when to stop turning eggs??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by arlee453, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Ok, I'm now official obsessive over these eggs! I'm sure you can all relate...

    I am supposed to stop turning them at some point and up the humidity.

    I set these eggs at 6pm on Oct 22 (Monday). SO, techincally the end of day 18 is Friday (tomorrow) at 6pm.

    So, when should be the last time I turn them, and start upping the humidity - at the END of day 18 (tomorrow afternoon) or the beginning of day 18 (THIS evening)??

    Or am I just over analyzing this stuff?? This is me:

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  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    When day 18 came I stopped turning and upped the humidty. Nothing for me yet though. I fear that last temp spike killed mine. [​IMG]
     
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I am so paranoid now... I did a very quick candle last night and saw movement in all but one of the 11 eggs.

    That last one has a weird shaped air cell and it seems like the veining has gone away and is not visible anymore. I'm pretty sure it's a quitter now, but left it in there - I figure I'll candle one more time the last time I turn them and if it still shows no signs I'll take it out. It was a blue/black/spl though so... [​IMG]

    So, Ive got my fingers crossed I'll have at least 10 eggs going into the home stretch.

    Hope you get something pipping soon! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Tomorrow is when you will stop turning and up your humidity ...I would do it in the evening like you have planned....you can also candled your eggs at the same time you stop turning...it would be your day 18 candle....

    Good luck!!....and patience!!.....
     
  5. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Tuff - Thanks for the advice - I'd originally planned that tomorrow evening would be the last turning, but then I started thinking too much...like I can think of much of anything else with this big red cooler on my desk and the thermometer in front of me all day.
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Don't do the too much thinking!!..you will wind up with grey hair!!!.....lol...

    It's just like you had planned......
     
  7. jenichick

    jenichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    arlee you and I sound a lot a like......I'm trying not to obsess over them....as soon as I walk in the door to my house I go straight to the bator to make sure temp and humidity's ok.........I sit at work thinking I wonder if it's having a temp spike and I'm not there to catch it......[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    We overthink it sometimes, true, but it's because we don't have the benefit of a hen's instinct to guide us and we care so much.
     
  9. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My solution was to put the bator in a room where I have to go out of my way to check the bator! Since putting it there I have had a much easier time keeping my hands off the adjustments, not opening the lid, etc. I am much less obsessive this time around!!! Of course, I'll admit that part of the reason for moving the bator to this location had to do with temp spikes, but I'm definitely much less stressed!!!

    Lori
     

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