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Second Try - wish me luck! - the first chick is here!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by suchafunkymonkey, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. suchafunkymonkey

    suchafunkymonkey Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, I've made the adjustments to my incubator and put 18 eggs in on the 1st October.

    Humidity is sat between 55-58%. I have three thermometers in there (one controls the bulb) and they all say slightly different temperatures so I'm taking the average. The average temperature is holding steady at a constant 100.9F. For some reason, I can't get it any lower without it going below 100F [​IMG]

    I'm tilting the whole incubator at least 5 times a day (always an odd number) and I'm not opening the incubator to keep the temperature constant.

    Other than keep my fingers crossed, is there anything else I should do?
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2011
  2. lincolnsilkies

    lincolnsilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Luck![​IMG]
     
  3. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

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    Dont know about anything about incubating, but good luck! [​IMG]
     
  4. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. CluckCluck18

    CluckCluck18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know how you feel.....I just tried hatching recently and I've had a rough go so far.....started with 10 BCM and none hatched. Had 24 true araucanas, 4 hatched.....tufted and rumpless and lost all of them to pasty butt. Then tried 8 more BCM's. And got only 2.....they are 1 week old and doing well. Have 8 olive eggers and 8 araucanas in the bator now. It's been a challenge and learning experience and so worth it when you see one of nature's beautiful miracles. Sending you all the best for a good hatch.[​IMG]
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Good luck!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Oh. My. Gosh. Are we related or something?
    I also put 18 eggs in on October 1st, and i turn them 5 times a day! I also have multiple thermometers!!
    HOW WEIRD!
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Good luck! I am definitely following this thread!!
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2011
  8. suchafunkymonkey

    suchafunkymonkey Out Of The Brooder

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    ok, I've candled on day 7 and these are the results so far:

    Egg: Progress:
    1 Faint ring?
    2 Good - I think
    3 Good
    4 Faint ring?
    5 Good
    6 Good
    7 Speckled - not sure
    8 Speckled - not sure
    9 Speckled - not sure
    10 Good
    11 Infertile I think
    12 Speckled - not sure
    13-18 Good

    I'm going to leave them all in until I candled again in about 5 days time, in case some are just a bit slower or I've missed something.
     
  9. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's chicken eggs you're incubating, your humidity seems awfully high to me.

    What happened with your first hatch and what adjustments did you make to your incubator?

    Is it fan assisted or still air? What kind of eggs have you got in there?

    Oh, and good luck! [​IMG]
     
  10. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Quote:Could you post pics of the candling?
     

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