Serama hatching, advice please!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SarahIrl, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, hatching serama for the first tim e(have hatched plenty in the past with great results so know what to do) - any experienced serama breeders out there with advice?
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Start lockdown a day earlier than you would for larger breeds (so you should start on day 18, as I recall), and try to avoid messing with the eggs too much! They're basically the same as bigger chickens so you don't need to do anything too different for them.

    Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  3. birds4me

    birds4me Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine always seem to hatch anywhere between days 18-20. I just keep a very good eye on them. I don't do a true "lock down". I minimize how many times I open the bator, but since most of the time I am running stagard hatches, I have to open the bator to turn the other eggs. I just mist the eggs with warm water if I have to open the bator. I have found that sometime the TINY TINE eggs need some "help". I will not step in until we are reaching the 36 hour mark and the chicks are starting to show signs of loosing strength. Then I will carefully remove portions of the shell over a few hours, making the chick do some of the work in between me helping. If I do have to help, I wrap the egg loosely in a warm wet paper towel. I NEVER remove the membrain, just the shell.

    Good luck with your hatch ~ we want to see pictures of the new itty bitties!
     
  4. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys, I am used to helping eggs as I have had some issues with thick shells last year. So, 18 to 20. Will switch off turner on day 16 so? Or day 17?
     
  5. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

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    ive stopped turning on both day 16 and 17 with the same results and have had them hatch as early as day 18. i dont count the day i set themas day one. good luck
     

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